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Beijing is building a military base in Africa

China is gradually changing the military doctrine. If earlier he preferred to adhere to the strategy of “soft power” (financial, economic and cultural penetration into other countries), now, as it should be a superpower, he is increasingly recalling military expansion, writes Expert Online.

Against the background of a rapidly changing international situation, China began to show attention not only to coastal territories, but also to overseas countries.

According to the portal, “last week Beijing signed an agreement with the government of Djibouti to lease for ten years a very large plot of land on which it was planned to build a naval base.” This event for Beijing is unprecedented, as it is the first foreign base of the country.

“Djibouti's choice is not accidental. This small state is located in eastern Africa or, as it is also called, the Horn of Africa and occupies an important strategic position at the entrance to the Gulf of Aden, ”the newspaper notes.

In Beijing itself, the base under construction is called the “supply object for Chinese ships” operating in the region.

“Chinese warships in the Horn of Africa participate in peacekeeping operations in the Indian Ocean and the Red Sea, guard merchant and passenger ships in the Gulf of Aden and Somali coastal waters, and provide humanitarian assistance,” said PLA representative Wu Qian.

In addition, in Africa, China has huge economic interests.

According to the resource, “Sino-African trade turnover exceeds 160 billion dollars a year. Africa is bringing raw materials to China, and is already returning goods and cars. Over the past decade, over a million Chinese have left for Africa to work and trade. ”

For 10 years, Beijing plans to invest $ 1 trillion in the infrastructure of the Black Continent.

Moreover, the Chinese, unlike Americans and Europeans, are engaged exclusively in business and do not interfere in the internal politics of states - “they have completely untied hands and do not care about respect for human rights or the level of democracy in this or that country,” writes Expert Online.
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  1. jaguar
    jaguar 1 December 2015 13: 01
    And what good fellows say .... Africa resource counterpart is not bad
    1. Tor5
      Tor5 1 December 2015 13: 07
      They are great, but we also need to keep the gunpowder dry.
      1. venaya
        venaya 1 December 2015 13: 18
        This has become urgently needed by the Chinese because the Chinese economy has taken off and they are simply forced to maintain their economic interests, which is no longer possible in the modern world without a military presence. Have protection in guaranteeing both sales markets and the uninterrupted supply of raw materials from other continents.
        1. Sasha 19871987
          Sasha 19871987 1 December 2015 13: 54
          while we are struggling with the states, the red dragon is gaining strength and power ...
  2. Vikings
    Vikings 1 December 2015 13: 03
    For the construction and operation of a full-scale base, especially military
    marine, 10 years is not enough. The extension of the contract is likely to be at least 99 years.
    1. engineer74
      engineer74 1 December 2015 13: 11
      They know better - unlimited financial opportunities and an endless workforce work wonders! IMHO, they "Bondstill" and "Pearlharbor" in one bottle in a year and a half will build! good Which, by the way, will stop the wave of "colored" and radical Islamist revolutions in the region, I hope ...
    2. 34 region
      34 region 1 December 2015 13: 13
      Yes! 10 years is not enough. But with imperial ambitions, in 10 years, China may itself lease this base.
  3. Chicot 1
    Chicot 1 1 December 2015 13: 04
    China is gradually changing military doctrine

    He does not change her, he went to her. He walked long and hard, step by step ...
    In addition, China has huge economic interests in Africa.

    And not only in Africa, but also in the Middle East ...
    Moreover, the Chinese, unlike the Americans and Europeans, are engaged exclusively in business and do not interfere in the internal politics of states

    It has not been interfered yet. But how long will this "neutrality" last? ..
    1. Al_oriso
      Al_oriso 1 December 2015 13: 20
      It has not been interfered yet. But how long will this "neutrality" last? ..

      Archival issue. And another question - which way can China turn?
      I hope that it was not in vain that the USSR helped China in World War II.
      1. Chicot 1
        Chicot 1 1 December 2015 13: 38
        Quote: Al_oriso
        which direction can China turn?

        He will not turn to either side. He methodically adheres only to his interests and his own benefits. So far, it is beneficial for him to maintain friendly relations with us. But even in this case, he will not miss his point by starting a partnership in one area or another with the countries with which Russia has strained relations. And as an example of this ...

        # 1 A Chinese cable-laying ship will participate in laying a power cable from mainland Russia to the Crimea ... Although before that entry to the Celestial Axenova and other senior Crimean officials was banned ...
        # 2 The Chinese have agreed (or agree, in different sources in different ways), on the deployment of production of their light attack aircraft for the Ukrainian Air Force at the Odesaviaservice ... This attack aircraft was created on the basis of the Yak-130 and with the direct participation of our specialists ...

        And what do you think, what conclusion can be drawn from these two examples? .. Only that "great" China cares only about its own benefit and it is useless and stupid to expect some progress in concessions from it ...
        As for me personally, I have always said and will say that to trust official Beijing is not to respect yourself ...
  4. Svarog5570
    Svarog5570 1 December 2015 13: 05
    by glanders, the Chinese themselves are expanding the boundaries
  5. semuil
    semuil 1 December 2015 13: 06
    Well, at the expense of any rent, then here they are masters.
  6. Tor5
    Tor5 1 December 2015 13: 06
    Just take into account the treacherous nature of the Chinese. And, as an example, the signing of the agreement, literally right after the tragedy with our SU, with Turkey, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and someone else about building a route from China to Europe, bypassing Russia.
    1. afdjhbn67
      afdjhbn67 1 December 2015 13: 08
      Quote: Tor5
      Just take into account the treacherous nature of the Chinese.

      The feeling that you are them with your neighbor and friend, conditionally - Vova confuse .. in politics there is no place for sentiment - only the benefits and interests of your country ..
  7. afdjhbn67
    afdjhbn67 1 December 2015 13: 06
    Handsome men, what to say .. you fight with anyone you want, and they are in no hurry without liberalism in the economy and spells about the main enemy of the United States - they do things ..
  8. dummy
    dummy 1 December 2015 13: 09
    China silently repeats all US power levers. GDP accelerated to 2nd place (at face value), Hollywood has not yet overtaken, but it is outbidding many companies in Los Angeles for film production, it makes its own Hollywood near Shanghai, it is already rating countries and listening to them, the yuan will go into the IMF basket soon, while makes a complete analogue of the IMF - AIIB. Now the military bases have also gone. Talentedly copy!
    1. engineer74
      engineer74 1 December 2015 13: 15
      Two pigs in one den will not get along, but we do not need another! In case of conflict, the one who does not participate in it will win.
  9. Ruslan
    Ruslan 1 December 2015 13: 12
    here it is a normal foreign policy.
    1 million Chinese! sometimes it seems fantastic stories where all of humanity is cross-eyed, well-founded :)
    1. Chicot 1
      Chicot 1 1 December 2015 14: 43
      Quote: ruslan
      1 million Chinese

      You famously reduced the population of the Middle Kingdom to the level of East Timor and Mauritius with just a stroke of the pen ... wink wink wink
      1. Ruslan
        Ruslan 3 December 2015 02: 45
        no, I'm talking about those that Africa went to populate :)
  10. moskowit
    moskowit 1 December 2015 13: 14
    That's all right. Nothing new is happening in world development. Everything is already when it was. The principles and laws of development are the same for everyone. Having pumped up the economic and financial "muscles", it is time to take on the military component. All countries imagining themselves as "superpowers" are simply obliged to do so.

    "This is not any Argentina for you ..." (from the film "Dima Gorin's Career")
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  12. Saburo
    Saburo 1 December 2015 13: 16
    The most interesting thing is that there is already a Japanese military base in Djibouti. No matter how they fought there.
    1. Thunderbolt
      Thunderbolt 1 December 2015 14: 14
      There is also a base in the USA and the French nearby. It seems that the Djibouti authorities do not care much about geopolitics, just to remember to pay rent)))
  13. dchegrinec
    dchegrinec 1 December 2015 13: 19
    And this is not surprising! China also considers itself smart and beautiful and will never agree to the role of a second country! Another thing is its military capabilities plus audacity! Well, as we see against the background of various geopolitical problems, he also tries to be in the subject and show his abilities under the guise so to speak, while other hippos are busy with their affairs! Now he will like it and he will think about what to eat for dinner!
  14. k174oun7
    k174oun7 1 December 2015 13: 22
    Over the past decade, more than a million Chinese have left to work and trade in Africa. ”

    It is noteworthy that a million Chinese left for Africa, and not a million African-African immigrants moved to China to look for food. You can’t get sick from the Chinese, they will come and feed themselves.
  15. Engineer
    Engineer 1 December 2015 13: 33
    Well, the naval base - it is said loudly - the supply point is more likely in scale, rather than a full-fledged base, but a start has been made.
  16. azesm
    azesm 1 December 2015 13: 37
    at that rate they will soon build bases near the Urals
  17. shura7782
    shura7782 1 December 2015 13: 48
    Quote: Al_oriso
    It has not been interfered yet. But how long will this "neutrality" last? ..

    Archival issue. And another question - which way can China turn?
    I hope that it was not in vain that the USSR helped China in World War II.

    China is on its own mind. He will throw a knee. The USSR also liberated Europe. Now the big lady is looking our way. Still, you should not relax. Reminds a bad world.
  18. GraveBezKresta
    GraveBezKresta 1 December 2015 13: 52
    Africa, Africa can better deal with what is happening on our borders with China.
    "On the official website of the PRC Ministry of Defense…/1123/c1011-27844791.html
    an article was published that selected Chinese units on the border with Russia conduct military exercises.
    沈 阳 军区 装甲 旅 实弹 射击 99 坦克 新型 穿甲弹 现 真 身
    Translation of the message:
    Armored troops of the Shenyang Military District (on the border with Russia) fired, the latest Type 99 tanks fired armor-piercing shells. "
    1. GraveBezKresta
      GraveBezKresta 1 December 2015 13: 55
      "Peaceful Chinese people" are firing war shells on our border. The oligarch raved for 20 years that Turkey is our ally, until our plane was shot down. Now the same nonsense is about the same "ally" - China. Only they will not shoot down the plane - for them it will be too small ...
      1. twviewer
        twviewer 1 December 2015 15: 03
        Quote: Grave without Cross
        "Peaceful Chinese people" are firing war shells on our border.

        They are not fools, by God, they know that the relatives of our bosses do not live in Shenzhen, and not in Moscow, so we are just as "reliable" for them.
        But for about 20 years, while the Chinese have been laying the silk road, by the way, by the way, they’ll bury them with mattresses, we still have how we spend them - these years depend on our bonzes (or is it all with you ?!). Then the Chinese may go on to optimize expenses, or they may not need it, because the rest of the population from a great energy power will be asked to subsist on a flourishing country for food, so :)
  19. Hydrograph
    Hydrograph 1 December 2015 13: 56
    And last week, there were two articles about the fleet. Closely off its shores becomes. And I think this is only the beginning.
  20. Hydrograph
    Hydrograph 1 December 2015 13: 58
    In the Primorsky Territory, and without armored forces, silent glanders are instilled in full.
    1. GraveBezKresta
      GraveBezKresta 1 December 2015 14: 04
      Tanks behind them. These t_vari feel power. Moreover, Vova gave them hundreds of thousands of hectares for rent for 50 years. Count forever. Here you have the bridgeheads for a future attack.
      1. afdjhbn67
        afdjhbn67 1 December 2015 16: 30
        Quote: Grave without Cross
        Here you have the bridgeheads for a future attack.

        Yes, without this bridgehead, the length of the border is horrible, but let’s say that buffer states are crushed at the moment .. In the map you can see how concrete roads are pushed into our borders only for now without continuing on our territory ..
  21. Nikolay71
    Nikolay71 1 December 2015 14: 48
    China will never miss its place anywhere if it feels its strength. China has always considered itself the center of the world, and the rest of the country is barbaric. But even their periods of recovery were replaced by periods of decline and fragmentation. Now China is on the rise, but perhaps even in this century it will begin a period of decline.
  22. GraveBezKresta
    GraveBezKresta 1 December 2015 15: 07
    But what happened recently.
    "The Chinese newspaper Renmin Ribao published photographs of military exercises of the People's Liberation Army of China (PLA), which were recently held in the northern regions of the country, near the border with Russia. As can be seen from the photographs, the exercises involved ground forces, army aviation, air defense troops. The issues of the transfer of troops over long distances, military reconnaissance, the organization of air defense, the conduct of offensive operations in unfamiliar terrain, the interaction of the combat arms were practiced.The soldiers also underwent grueling training that increase the endurance, resilience and combat effectiveness of the troops.
    I wonder who the PRC army is preparing against and whether Russia's seedy military units will be able to withstand such a well-trained and equipped armada? "
    1. GraveBezKresta
      GraveBezKresta 1 December 2015 15: 07
      Chinasians develop the northern territories.
      1. GraveBezKresta
        GraveBezKresta 1 December 2015 15: 11
        Such "partners" and our enemies are close at hand.
  23. Victor1
    Victor1 1 December 2015 20: 48
    China is preparing, and our bureaucrats and other corrupt authorities give them land for "rent" without asking the people. Sooner or later, the Chinese will greyhound, crawl into our land and try to smoke them from there, if now in peacetime they behave like masters there, because they know that our power can be bought with all the giblets, especially locally. It's a shame for the state ..
  24. Yugan Oleg
    Yugan Oleg 2 December 2015 06: 53
    Good luck soyunichki :).
    Why do you need flattery in Russia, there they can suck at the snot, but Africa is an uncowed field, master the health.
    One million people were sent, so this is the beginning.