Monday, September 25, 2017

China's Overseas in Africa

Image result for Chinese Navy in Djibouti photos         People's Liberation Army Navy special forces involves in military exercises at  China's overseas garrison in Djibouti: Photo SCMP.               
The exercises in Djibouti that began on Friday involved dozens of officers from various naval task forces and took place at the country’s national gendarmerie training range, the People’s Liberation Army Navy said in an online report. Troops arrived at the base, which is China’s first overseas garrison less than two months ago and the drill was meant to test the personnel’s capacity to handle a range of weapons and tasks in extreme heat, humidity and salinity.Troops at China’s first overseas military base have completed live-fire drills for the first time. the report said.
Beijing-based military expert Li Jie said the troops had to be on combat alert at all times because of the region’s complex political conditions and Djibouti’s geographic importance. Djibouti, is a tiny African nation that's considered the valuable gateway to the Suez Canal shipping route. Djibouti also hosts US, Japanese and French bases. “The PLA troops based in Djibouti should be able to protect themselves and resist attacks from terrorists, pirates, local armed forces, or even foreign troops,” Li said. This is the first time our soldiers stationed in Djibouti have left the camp to conduct combat training,” base commander Liang Yang said. “The live-fire training will help explore a new training model for the Chinese overseas garrison.” 
According to the source, the drills involved dozens of troops and took place at the training range for the country’s national gendarmerie. The first Chinese troops set sail for the base from the mainland China in July. The Xinhua state news agency said its establishment followed “friendly negotiations, and accords with the common interest of the people from both sides” between China and Djibouti.
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              The strategical map of  Chinese overseas garrison and U.S base (Camp Lemonnier) in Djibouti, Africa.        
"The base will ensure China’s performance of missions, such as escorting, peacekeeping and humanitarian aid in Africa and west Asia,” it added. China has emphasized its contribution to U.N. peacekeeping efforts in Africa and depicted the base as something that would help it build upon this work." The source revealed.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said in statement in July that the base will serve Chinese troops when they escort ships through most dangerous waters in Gulf of Aden and the waters off the Somali coast, perform humanitarian rescue, and carry out other international obligations.”
But the military move into Africa also accompanies growing economic influence in the region. In 2015, the Chinese government pledged to spend $60 billion on infrastructure development include military, security,political and economical within the African continent. In its expansion of Chinese influence, to push into Africa mirrors the Asian “One Belt, One Road” plan that has seen China drop billions on regional trade routes within its home continent while increase the presence in part of Africa.
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