China opens first military base in East Africa

China has dispatched up to 10 000 troops to Djibouti, situated in the Horn of Africa, to establish the country's first overseas military base.

Two Chinese Navy warships left the port of Zhanjiang on Tuesday to sail across the Indian Ocean.

According to international reports, China's agreement with Djibouti will see its military presence in the country up until 2026.

Correspondent, Lee Kasumba has more on this and other stories making headlines across Africa.

The small Horn of Africa country has recently opened up their port to the Chinese government, they were quick to add that it wasn't about China trying to take over the world as much as it was about protecting China and being able to help with humanitarian aid in this region.

Lee Kasumba, correspondent

It is also a busy shipping route and it is in close proximity to Saudi Arabia so it is quite an important strategic base.

Lee Kasumba, correspondent

With the shifts happening globally in the political landscape, as a location, Africa has become more of a chartered option in terms of strategic powers and in this case military bases.

Lee Kasumba, correspondent

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