J-15 fighter jets on the flight deck of China’s sole aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, as it arrived in Hong Kong waters on July 7, 2017. PHOTO | AFP
China will now join the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Turkey and Qatar as countries maintaining a military presence at the Horn of Africa.
Observers see Djibouti base as the beginning of Beijing’s military development and foray into Africa.
Djibouti also hosts American, Japanese and French bases. It will be interesting to see Washington’s reaction to this development, as it will be located close to its Camp Lemonnier, which hosts at least 4,000 military personnel.