China’s Naval Base in Africa

I came across an interview with Dr. Umar Johnson, highlighting why China is so invested in Africa, and this led to some disturbing news about an expanding military base that China has on the continent.

The following information is from The National Interest.

The East African country of Djibouti is the home of the United States Naval Expeditionary Base, a French Airbase, an Italian Support Base, a Japan Self-Defense Force Base, and China’s Liberation Army’s Navy’s (PLAN) first overseas Military Base. Costing $590 million, China’s base is located a few miles from the Navy’s Camp Lemonnier. Djibouti, known as the “Horn of Africa,” has become a strategic partner to Beijing and is the gateway for China to Africa.

The following has been advised:

China has largely avoided describing this project as a “military base” and rather has focused on terms such as “support facilities” or “logistical facilities.” So far China’s military involvement in the Horn of Africa has mainly consisted of anti-piracy missions, but it is believed it could support other key missions including intelligence collection, non-combat evacuation operations, peacekeeping operations support and counterterrorism.

China’s investment in Djibouti is a crucial part of China’s “One Belt, One Road” global infrastructure program. The Senior Researcher for the National Security College at the Australian National University, David Brewster, stated that “Djibouti is only the first step in what is likely to become a network of Chinese bases across the Indian Ocean.”

I know it’s impudent to victim-blame, but when constructive criticism is warranted, holding it in should no longer be an option. So here we go…

African people’s Open Door Policy and, at times, submissive behavior comes with a price, and it’s called sovereignty. All of our complaints about colonialism, imperialism, racism, and every form of abuse that we receive from others will continue to fall on deaf ears until we decide that enough is enough. Corrupt African leaders subjugating their countries for self-aggrandizement, our obsessive push for multiculturalism and miscegenation, our refusal to build and protect African spaces (by excluding others), and the tribalistic mentality that we have for each other is the reason why we’re in the position that we’re in globally. And the depressing part is that only a minority percentage of us truly understand that.

To check out the full article, click here. If you have any additional information, feel free to comment below.

Until Next Time…

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