China declines to confirm Djibouti military base plan

Chinese Defence Ministry spokesman asked about the report at a monthly news briefing, said the two countries had a traditional friendly relationship.

China declines to confirm Djibouti military base plan

World Bulletin / News Desk 

China's Defence Ministry on Thursday declined to confirm a report that it was in talks for a military base in Horn of Africa country Djibouti, though it said all countries had an interest in regional peace and stability.

In May, Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh told Agence France-Presse of the talks, adding that Beijing's presence would be welcome in the former French colony, which borders Somalia, Eritrea and Ethiopia.

Chinese Defence Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun, asked about the report at a monthly news briefing, said the two countries had a traditional friendly relationship.

"Over the past few years both countries' friendly cooperative relationship has kept on developing, and in all areas there is practical cooperation," Yang said, in comments broadly in line with Foreign Ministry remarks last month on the same topic.

"What needs to be explained is, maintaining regional peace and stability accords with all countries' interests, and is the joint desire of China, Djibouti and all other countries in the world," Yang added.

"China is willing to, and ought to, make even more contributions in this regard," he said, without elaborating.

In an effort to damp fears about Chinese plans connected to its increasingly modern and confident military, Beijing has repeatedly said it does not want military bases abroad.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 25 Haziran 2015, 14:38
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