China sending forces to its first overseas military base โ€“ in Africa

Yesterday marked a new era in China's geostrategy, as it began deploying military forces to its first overseas military base, building the capacity to project military force globally.  The Associated Press reports: China has sent members of its People's Liberation Army to the African nation of Djibouti to man its first overseas military base. The move on Tuesday is a key part of a wide-ranging expansion of the role of the Asian giant's armed forces. The Defence Ministry said on its website that a ceremony was held at a naval pier in the southern Chinese port of Zhanjiang. It said the personnel would travel by navy ship to the Horn of Africa nation but gave no details on numbers or units. The deployment is highly strategic. Djibouti is already home to the centre of American operations in Africa, while France, Britain, Japan and other nations also maintain a military presence in the small but strategically located...(Read Full Post)