Where China are building a military base is Djibouti in Eastern Africa. A quiet announcement was made last year that the Chinese are developing a logistical base for the country’s anti-piracy naval operations in the region. The Chinese will join the French and US in having a base in the tiny yet strategically positioned country which handily overlooks the passage between the Red Sea and Indian Ocean and through which much of world’s merchant shipping flows. This could be the start of a series of overseas naval bases for China as it looks to extend its military reach in an attempt to protect its now huge and lucrative global trade network.

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