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China's Military Support Facility in Djibouti: The Economic and Security Dimensions of China's First Overseas Base

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Center for Naval Analyses Arlington United States

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In November 2015, China publicly acknowledged for the first time that it is building its first overseas military facility in Djibouti, which is also home to the largest U.S. military installation in Africa. How did China come to establish its first overseas military support facility in Djibouti What do we know about this facility and how it might be used, and what insights can we glean from the process to better understand where Chinas military might go next This paper provides a preliminary look at the origins of Chinas military support facility in Djibouti. It explores the evolution of the economic and security relations between the two countries that led to the establishment of the facility, how it may be used, and what it may tell us about future Chinese military facilities abroad. It also assesses the implications of the growing economic and military ties between the two countries for the United States and the U.S. Navy.

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