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Chinese troops depart for first overseas military base in Djibouti

China has ramped up investment in Africa, as well as rapidly modernised its military in recent years. China says the support base will be used for peacekeeping and humanitarian aid in Africa and West Asia.

Chinese troops depart for first overseas military base in Djibouti

China has ramped up investment in Africa, as well as rapidly modernised its military in recent years. China says the support base will be used for peacekeeping and humanitarian aid in Africa and West Asia.

12 July 2017 Wednesday 13:16
Chinese troops depart for first overseas military base in Djibouti

Ships carrying Chinese troops are heading to Djibouti to set up Beijing's first overseas military base, reports state media.

China says the support base will be used for peacekeeping and humanitarian aid in Africa and West Asia.

It will also be used for military co-operation, naval exercises and rescue missions, Xinhua said.

China has ramped up investment in Africa, as well as rapidly modernised its military in recent years.

BBC

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