Russian media focus on China's overseas bases: is a global mAddDate：2016-10-27
Russian media said, China began construction in East Africa's first overseas naval base, which clearly shows China firmly attempt to become a global ocean country, and in case of necessity to military means to defend its expanding interests.
Russian newspaper network in August 23 published entitled "Chinese landing in Africa -- China to build Djibouti's first overseas naval base," the article said, in February this year, Djibouti observers noted that the investigation team arrived in Djibouti China. At that time China has chosen the address for its future naval base, the United States from the United States in Africa, the largest military base, Lemonnier barracks, only 10 km.
Prior to the Chinese warships have repeatedly visited Djibouti - this is a small country in East Africa, Chinese warships sometimes need to be in the waters around Somalia to carry out anti piracy operations supplementary material reserves. But this time the Chinese soldiers appeared in Djibouti, it seems to be in order to stay forever. In 40 hectares of land in Beijing began construction of its first overseas military outpost. "The Wall Street journal" said, at least this is a historic move, marking China to the world stage and a stage of development of great powers.
The article said that the end of next year is expected China Navy outpost will build weapons and ammunition ships, marina and helipad.
General staff of the Russian Armed Forces Combat administration, former deputy director Valery Zapalenko explained: "in the new Chinese base in Djibouti may not be the deployment of a large number of military personnel, is likely to be limited to the Marines and special forces personnel to Africa, the number is not much."
At present, the base has been the technical construction and shipping containers (some of which with the Chinese flag), China has not yet planned to build the base in Djibouti landing zone. China to spend $20 million per year on loan base, a term of 10 years, may be extended for another 10 years in future.
The article said that Djibouti was a French colony, occupy a very favorable geographical position. Mandeb in the Red Sea estuary separates the Arabia Peninsula and the African continent, where Mandeb only 20 miles in width, 3 million 800 thousand barrels of oil from the Strait through every day, China oil imports about 20% of the global oil trade and half of the subject to the next to the Gulf of Aden, Djibouti and neighboring Ethiopia to provide access to the sea and some other African countries trade activities. For this reason, this area is only 23 thousand square kilometers, 900 thousand of the population of African countries in 5 years time from a deserted place to become the world's strongest national interest disputes. The article said that China has a huge economic interests in the region. According to the data from the American Enterprise Institute, China's total investment in African countries has reached $40 billion. China has invested money in exchange for natural resources, which need to transport raw materials to the Asian port, Djibouti is fully suited to this role.
At present, China is investing in infrastructure modernization in Djibouti. Chinese investment to renovate the country railway, to expand the capital of Djibouti port, in order to obtain liquefied natural gas to build roads and factories and the laying of water pipes and fuel investment to build two new airports and a number of government construction projects, these military bases are the additional insurance investment.
In 2008 China to combat piracy in the Gulf of Aden deployment of the first batch of ships. Since 2013, China has sent hundreds of peacekeepers to Sultan and Mali. Chinese officials repeatedly said that in the implementation of a similar task during the Chinese navy ships docking, supplies necessary supplies and personnel rest on serious difficulties, the United States and France have special Navy Pier in Djibouti, and no China, in action with other trade port in the region is limited.
Chinese official denied that the American China base to create large plans, and said Djibouti's military facilities is to provide logistical support for China, escort fleet in the Gulf of Aden somalia.
But The Pentagon analysts have warned that the next 10 years, China will build a number of military bases. Oman is one of the candidate may, China warships frequently to rest. Some experts believe that the Seychelles and Pakistan port of Karachi will be the future Chinese base. Officials of these countries have not commented on the issue of the Chinese Navy's presence in its territory.
Russia's chief of staff, said Nicola Moiseev, former General Staff operations, "China and the United States is likely to have some friction in Djibouti".
U.S. bases in Djibouti "camp lemonier" about 4000 soldiers, drone operations base for the deployment of special forces in the region and jihad. The base is located in Djibouti near the main airport, U.S. combat helicopters and other military use of the airport runway, but the United States said publicly, do not want to include the UAV, China flying near the facilities in the United states.
The headquarters of the general staff of the Russian combat administration official Victor Barankin said: "more clearly shows the Chinese expanding sphere of influence in Djibouti construction intention China base, we watched Chinese from landlocked countries into a global ocean country."
"The Wall Street journal" said, Djibouti foreign minister Mahmoud Ali Yusuf promised to maintain the balance between China and the United States, China has no intention to make the Sino US relations more tense.
At present, only a few countries in the world have overseas military bases, the United States has military bases in 42 countries, the United States is the undisputed leader. In addition, Britain, France and Russia also have overseas military bases. (China Marine Network)