Jun 7, 2017

Pentagon report cites China military buildup around world

China's construction of a military outpost in Djibouti is just the first of what will likely be an ongoing expansion in friendly foreign ports around the world to support distant deployments, a new Pentagon report concludes, predicting that Pakistan may be another potential location. The ...

U.S. Defense Secretary Mattis makes visit to strategic Djibouti

Apr 23, 2017

U.S. Defense Secretary Mattis makes visit to strategic Djibouti

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrived Sunday for a short visit to Djibouti, a strategic Horn of Africa nation which hosts Washington's only permanent military base on the continent. Camp Lemonnier, home to some 4,000 U.S. soldiers and contractors, is vital to U.S. military operations ...

Dec 6, 2016

Djibouti military chief-of-staff visits China amid base building

A senior Chinese officer has met Djibouti's military chief-of-staff in Beijing and thanked him for supporting China's construction of a military base in the Horn of Africa country, the second such high-level meeting in a month. Djibouti's position on the northwestern edge of the Indian ...

Aug 23, 2016

Japan's SDF to hold evacuation drill in Djibouti

JIJI The Defense Ministry says it will conduct a transport exercise in Djibouti to practice evacuating Japanese nationals in a crisis situation. It will the first drill in the northeastern African country for transporting Japanese expatriates, ministry officials said Monday. The exercise is designed to improve the ...

Nov 9, 2015

Senior Chinese officer in Djibouti following base rumors

A senior Chinese military officer is visiting the Horn of Africa country Djibouti, where he inspected a Chinese warship participating in anti-piracy patrols, China's Defence Ministry said. In May, Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh told French media his government was in talks with China about ...