Tuesday, June 21, 2016

China's Military Facility in Djibouti as Seen by India

The Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, an autonomous and non-partisan think tank in New Delhi, published on 22 February 2016 a study titled "Port of Djibouti: China's First Permanent Naval Base in the Indian Ocean" by Mandip Singh.

The author concludes that the acquisition of the base in Djibouti, whether for replenishment of its anti-piracy fleet operating in the Gulf of Aden or for the deployment of its air and naval assets to conduct non-combatant evacuation operations, represents a strategic shift in its foreign policy. He adds that as China aspires to become a global power and challenges the existing world order, permanent bases overseas hosting warships and long range strategic aircraft lend muscle to China's diplomacy.

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