Chinese soldiers demonstrated their combat readiness during a show-of-force event at their new base in Djibouti, located on the Red Sea, and is China’s’s first base on foreign soil.
The exercises in Djibouti on Friday involved dozens of officers 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—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, the report said.
Temperatures in the African nation routinely rise above 40 degrees Celsius at this time of year.
“This is the first time our soldiers stationed in Djibouti have left the camp to conduct combat training,” base commander Liang Yang was quoted as saying.
“The live-fire training will help explore a new training model for the [Chinese] overseas garrison.”
Japan also maintains a maritime base in Djibouti. The Chinese military claims “Japanese frogmen” attempted to infiltrate their facility there recently.
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