Djibouti Naval Base

In July 2017, China activated its first overseas military base, which has been officially referred to as a “support facility”, in the African country of Djibouti on the Horn of Africa. The naval base could be the first of a string of overseas bases China plans to build in Asia, Africa, the Indian Ocean, and the Pacific to secure its international maritime routes around the world.

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Counter-Piracy Operations in the Gulf of Eden

In December 2016, the PLA Navy dispatched three warships to the Gulf of Aden near Somalia for counter-piracy operations – the first time China deployed its military forces to overseas outside the United Nations peacekeeping missions. Since then, it has maintained a small naval task force in the region to provide ongoing escort and protection for civilian ships passing through the waters near Somalia, along with naval task forces of the NATO, EU, and other countries.

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