In the military, logistics is a key component of being able to project power. You cannot forward supplies and manpower without it. Even if it’s ‘logistics’, it’s the first step towards China’s militarization of the African continent, regardless of what the PLA says. It’s insane that knowledgeable people would fall for such simple wordplay disinformation. What’s more is that this is more proof that the United States (along with Britain) is losing the strategic gateways to the world, as Biblically prophesied.
Facilities reflect the PLA’s ambition to expand its international presence and influence, analysts say
China’s first overseas naval base – which is under construction in Djibouti – will be concerned chiefly with logistical tasks rather than projecting power, at least for now, mainland analysts say.
The defence ministry on Thursday confirmed construction of the base’s infrastructure and facilities had begun.
Analysts say the building of the base shows the ambition of the People’s Liberation Army to expand its international presence and influence.
Located where the Red Sea meets the Gulf of Aden, the port at Doraleh, watches over one of the world’s busiest waterways, with traffic passing through the area to reach the Suez Canal. The location is seen as ideal for supporting the PLA’s operations in the Indian Ocean.
Defence ministry spokesman Wu Qian said workers had been sent to the site, but did not say when construction would be completed.
Military expert Li Jie said: “This depot will play an important role in the ‘One Belt, One Road’ strategy and enable China to respond rapidly to emergencies in North Africa, the Middle East and South Asia.”
Full article: China starts work on Horn of Africa military base in Djibouti, defence ministry confirms (South China Morning Post)