China has begun to rapidly construct a pier at its military base in Djibouti, confirming earlier reports that it would build a dock at the facility.
Satellite imagery shows construction began sometime after 30 April and extended more than 330 m into the sea by 20 May. It is being constructed by trucks that are moving material from a quarry south of the base and unloading it into the sea at the end of the pier.
“The Chinese navy needs a large-scale pier to offer logistical support for its flotillas conducting anti-piracy operations in Somali waters,” the South China Morning Post quoted an unidentified source as saying in September 2017.
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