AFRICOM commander says China's base in Djibouti to be completed in coming months

12 March 2017

The military base that China is building in Djibouti will be completed "later this summer", General Thomas Waldhauser, the commander of the US military's Africa Command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee on 9 March.

Noting the proximity of the Chinese base to the US military's Camp Lemonnier, Gen Waldhauser said he was concerned about operational security. "I've talked to their [Djibouti's] president and expressed our concerns about some of the things that are important to us about what the Chinese should not do at that location."

He said China's base in Djibouti would support its naval presence in the region, but also noted the 'one road, one belt' strategic plan that China announced in 2013 includes the development of a maritime trade route to Europe.

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