China is Building Its Overseas Military Base in Djibouti

BATAK CENTER FOR AFRICAN STUDIES -- US troops sweating away in Djibouti will soon be seeing a lot more of their counterparts from a great economic and military rival: China.

Since 2014, this small chunk of the Horn of Africa, little bigger than the state of New Jersey, has been the only place in the world where the warships of the two countries’ navies are moored alongside each other.

Now work is underway constructing China’s first overseas military base here. It will house thousands of personnel at Obock, a northern port a couple of hours by boat across the Gulf of Tadjoura from Djibouti City, the capital.


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