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China starts building military outpost in Djibouti

By Xinhua

China starts building military outpost in Djibouti
A soldier mans his post in front of the Ministry of National Defense in Beijing where on Dec 23, 2008. (AFP PHOTO/Fre deric J. BROWN)

BEIJING - Construction has begun for China's logistical facilities in Djibouti to support its troops that escorting ships in the Gulf of Aden and waters off the Somali coast.

As part of a deal reached between China and Djibouti, the facilities will also help Chinese troops carry out international peacekeeping operations and perform humanitarian rescues, Wu Qian, spokesperson for China's Ministry of National Defense, said at a monthly press briefing Thursday.

Earlier this month, the  Foreign Ministry told China Daily that the outpost is needed to handle difficulties encountered by Chinese peacekeeping fleets.

"It (the outpost) is essential to implement highly efficient logistical support," the ministry said.

In December, the Ministry of National Defense confirmed that China and Djibouti had reached agreement on the outpost. Military bases and support facilities for countries including the United States and France have long been based in Djibouti.

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