China Puts “High Priority” on Building Bases Overseas

Peace and Freedom


The People’s Liberation Army Navy docks at a port in Djibouti after completing an escort mission on March 29, 2015. (Photo/CFP)

China’s rapid rise as an economic and military power means it can no longer avoid permanently stationing troops overseas, says a commentary published by Duowei News, a US-based Chinese political news outlet.

On Monday, the Chinese foreign ministry appeared to have indirectly confirmed speculation that China would be establishing a military base in the tiny African country of Djibouti.

“China and Djibouti enjoy traditional friendship. Friendly cooperation between the two sides has achieved constant growth over recent years, with practical cooperation carried out in various fields,” said foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying.

“What needs to be pointed out is that regional peace and stability serves the interests of all countries and meets the aspirations shared by China, Djibouti and other countries around the world. The Chinese side is…

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