On Tuesday, tiny Muslim African port city state of Djibouti became home to the first Chinese overseas military base (watch below). Incidentally, the inauguration ceremony coincided with People Liberation Army’s 90th birthday.
I don’t know what’s the purpose of China’s establishing its first-ever military base in a tiny Muslim nation which is already home to China’s three enemy states; the US, France and Japan. Maybe, it’s China’s response to US-Indian bullies in the Indian Ocean. China is courting three of India’s regional allies; Bangladesh, Myanmar, and Sri Lanka.
China began construction of a logistics base in Djibouti last year. It will be used to resupply navy ships taking part in peacekeeping and humanitarian missions off the coasts of Yemen and Somalia, in particular.
Huff. Post has reported that US-Israel ally Saudi Arabia is also planning a military base in Djibouti.
Tens of thousands of Muslims from Yemen have taken refuge in Djibouti as result of the US-Israel-Saudi proxy war to punish Yemeni Shi’ites majority for its support for Iran.
Djibouti has no diplomatic or trade relations with the Zionists entity – but Israeli trolls are calling upon Djibouti to establish trade relations with the Zionist entity without even recognizing the Zionist regime. For example US Jew blogger Kenneth E. Engelhardt posted on his blog, Onionfar (October 24, 2016): “Full diplomatic relations can develop later. But what might be the possible outcome of developing an economic and trade relationship with Israel? One proposal would be a trade zone running down the west coast of the Red Sea from Eilat, Israel running south through Egypt, down to Port Sudan, Asmara, Eritrea, then ending at Djibouti City. To make that a reality, it would involve the cooperation of Israel, Sudan, Eritrea, and Djibouti. Several Arab countries maintain covert relations with Israel including Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Oman, UAE,.”I must admit, this little Netanyahu does have a good proposal for one million Muslims living in Djibouti.
Islam came to what is now Djibouti in the seventh and eighth centuries. Until the beginning of the sixteenth century, Muslims were the sole power in the region, which then came under the sphere of influence of Portugal, a major commercial and political power at that time. When Egypt came under Ottoman rule, the Horn of Africa where Djibouti lies also became part of the Ottoman Empire for nearly 400 years.
Saudi ‘royals’ are using their oil-cash to bribe Djibouti, one of the poorest countries in Africa with no natural resources. Last year, the bribe worked and Djibouti severed its so-called “relation” with Islamic Iran. The news became a joke of the social media. “I have never heard your name before… nor knew that we have diplomatic relations,” one Iranian wrote on Twitter. “With the cutting of relations with Djibouti Iran’s economy will fully shut down,” said another, sarcastically.
The bloody history of Djibouti actually began when the Suez Canal was opened to international maritime traffic and European states began competing to colonize Asian and African countries and dominate them economically, politically, militarily and religiously. First it was occupied by English colonialists followed by French butchers.
Djibouti, the French colony, became independent in 1977. Djibouti has no national army. It’s defense is carried by 3,500 French troops.
In January 2015, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Djibouti to attend the groundbreaking ceremony of Burhan Bey Boulevard Renewal Project, Istanbul Square and Ahmet Mazhar Bey Martyrs’ Monument – part of Ankara aid to Djibouti.