Does CCP have no plans to build any overseas military bases?

Author: LM33 | Translator: EA | Proofreader: Chongtianyinu(冲天一怒)

On March 11, 2010, the English version of the China Daily reported that “The powerful Chinese Navy is still seeking a ‘non-offensive’ active defense, and the People’s Navy has no plans to either expand overseas or build any overseas military bases.”

This statement was responded to various rumors about the Chinese Communist Navy and made a targeted disinformation, from a naval delegate to the third session of the 11th National People’s Congress,

Refutation of the rumor:

Cao Dongshen

Navy representative General Cao Dongshen said, “The Chinese Navy’s mission to escort ships to the Gulf of Aden is not an independent military action by the Navy, but a national act, and the performance of the Chinese Navy’s escort officers and soldiers has won the praise from the military to the civilian population at home and abroad.”

Zhang Deshun

General Zhang Deshun said, “The Chinese Navy and the U.S. Navy are two different systems with different missions of the military. We will not, and have no need to, establish military bases overseas.”

Navy representative Senior Colonel Yan Baojian said, “Ocean-going missions, including escorts in the Gulf of Aden, have improved the Chinese Navy’s equipment and combat capabilities. In the future, if more accompanying supply ships are acquired to act as ‘mobile bases’, the Chinese Navy will not need overseas military bases.”

But,But,But!

Reality:

On July 11, 2017, Xinhua News Agency reported, <<Chinese People’s Liberation Army in Djibouti Security Base Establishment and Troop Departure Ceremony Held in Zhanjiang>>

It is reported that:

Navy Commander Shen Jinlong read out the order for the formation of the security base in Djibouti and awarded the military flag, and Navy Political Commissar Miao Hua delivered a speech. At 8:30 a.m., the ceremony officially started. The officers and soldiers of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in Djibouti Security Base lined up in Jinggangshan Ship and Donghai Island Ship Sub-district, and those who cheered the troops lined up neatly at the pier. “March out!” Navy Commander Shen Jinlong gave a command, and the ships carrying the officers and soldiers of the security base in Djibouti sounded their whistles in turn and untied their cables and set sail.

The decisions of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to build a security base in Djibouti and station the necessary military personnel there are made by the Chinese and Djiboutian governments after friendly consultations, which are the in common interest of the people of the two countries. The base is located in Djibouti City, the capital of the Republic of Djibouti, mainly provide effective guarantee of my participation in Africa and West Asia to escort, peacekeeping, humanitarian relief and other tasks, but also conducive to my better implementation of military cooperation, joint exercises and training, the evacuation of overseas Chinese to protect overseas Chinese, emergency rescue and other overseas tasks, with the relevant parties to maintain the security of international strategic corridors.

On July 12, 2017, the BBC mentioned in a related report, “On the eve of the 90th anniversary of China’s August 1 Military Day, a military base set up by the Chinese army in the African country of Djibouti was officially established which marked the birth of China’s first overseas military base.”

To add a few points of common sense that has been distorted by CCP.

1.China’s August 1 Military Day should be called CCP Military Day.

2.The Chinese People’s Liberation Army should be called the CCP SS.

3.The military security base is also a military base.

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