Naval officers and members of the special force unit of the Chinese Naval Third Escort Fleet take part in a ceremony in 2009 commemorating the end of an escort mission against pirates in the Gulf of Aden. Photo: XinhuaNaval officers and members of the special force unit of the Chinese Naval Third Escort Fleet take part in a ceremony in 2009 commemorating the end of an escort mission against pirates in the Gulf of Aden. Photo: Xinhua
Naval officers and members of the special force unit of the Chinese Naval Third Escort Fleet take part in a ceremony in 2009 commemorating the end of an escort mission against pirates in the Gulf of Aden. Photo: Xinhua

Chinese defence adviser says Djibouti naval facility is a much-needed ‘military base’

Jin Yinan, a former director of the strategic research institute at the PLA’s National Defence University, calls the East Africa navy installation that Beijing has termed a ‘support facility’ a critical military base necessary to protect China’s overseas interests

Topic |   China’s military
Naval officers and members of the special force unit of the Chinese Naval Third Escort Fleet take part in a ceremony in 2009 commemorating the end of an escort mission against pirates in the Gulf of Aden. Photo: XinhuaNaval officers and members of the special force unit of the Chinese Naval Third Escort Fleet take part in a ceremony in 2009 commemorating the end of an escort mission against pirates in the Gulf of Aden. Photo: Xinhua
Naval officers and members of the special force unit of the Chinese Naval Third Escort Fleet take part in a ceremony in 2009 commemorating the end of an escort mission against pirates in the Gulf of Aden. Photo: Xinhua
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