China com primeira base militar no estrangeiro … África!

A China estará prestes a ter a sua primeira base militar no estrangeiro, nomeadamente no Djibouti – na intersecção com o Golfo de Aden e o Mar Vermelho. Noticia confirmada pelo comandante do Africa Command dos EUA, o General David Rodriguez.

Já em Maio de 2015 o Presidente Ismail Omar Guelleh tinha dito à Agence France-Presse que a China e o Djibouti estavam em conversações sobre a possibilidade de estabelecer uma base militar chinesa no país.

China is “going to build a base in Djibouti, so that will be their first military location in Africa,” Rodriguez said. He described the base as a logistics hub that China would use to “extend their reach.”


… Beijing would be most likely to pursue a “dual use logistics facility” overseas rather than following the U.S. basing model.  “Such a logistics facility would be designed to address non-traditional security challenges to China’s overseas interests,” Yung wrote. “It would ease the logistics burden of China’s overseas naval operations (at present mostly counter-piracy operations), but could expand to support limited operations protecting Chinese citizens and property abroad.”

That seems to be precisely the model China is pursuing in Djibouti – a logistics hub for its counter-piracy operations and for potential contingencies. It’s telling that Guelleh confirmed China’s interest in establishing a base in Djibouti one month after China’s navy had to conduct a large-scale evacuation of its citizens (and other foreign nationals) from Yemen. All told, China evacuated 629 of its citizens and 279 foreign nationals – and many of them were evacuated to Djibouti. That example, the second time in five years China has to undertake a mass evacuation of its citizens in the greater Middle East, likely drove home the utility of having a military base in the area.

Sobre Gustavo Plácido

An independent political and security risk analyst focused on Lusophone Sub-Saharan Africa. He covers Angola and Mozambique for Horizon Client Access.
Esta entrada foi publicada em Uncategorized. ligação permanente.

Deixe uma Resposta

Preencha os seus detalhes abaixo ou clique num ícone para iniciar sessão:

Logótipo da

Está a comentar usando a sua conta Terminar Sessão /  Alterar )

Google photo

Está a comentar usando a sua conta Google Terminar Sessão /  Alterar )

Imagem do Twitter

Está a comentar usando a sua conta Twitter Terminar Sessão /  Alterar )

Facebook photo

Está a comentar usando a sua conta Facebook Terminar Sessão /  Alterar )

Connecting to %s