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China forges 'strategic' ties with Djibouti after opening base, grants aid

The base will be used to resupply navy ships participating in peacekeeping, humanitarian and anti-piracy missions off the coasts of Yemen and Somalia

Reuters  |  Beijing 

China on Thursday offered loans to Djibouti, the site of its first overseas military base, as the Horn of Africa state's leader told President Xi Jinping he considered himself a great friend of the Asian giant. With a population of less than one million, Djibouti has long punched above its weight, thanks to a strategic location on the Gulf of Aden, one of the world's busiest shipping routes linking Europe to Asia and the Middle East. China formally opened the base, which it calls a logistics facility, on August 1, the 90th birthday of the People's Liberation Army. ...

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First Published: Thu, November 23 2017. 19:17 IST
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