The head of U.S. Africa Command confirmed China is establishing a forward military base in Djibouti — joining French, Japanese and U.S. installations already in the country.
U.S. Army Gen. David Rodriguez told reporters China was planning building a forward logistics hub in the country perched near the busy international maritime path between Europe and Southeast Asia.
“They are going to build a base in Djibouti, so that will be their first military location in Africa,” he said according to The Hill newspaper.
He said China had established a 10-year deal with the Djiboutian government for the installation but didn’t provide any other additional details on the installation.
Rodriguez confirmation of the Chinese installation follows months of reports Beijing was seeking a foothold in Africa.