China’s offshore military depots

Evacuation from Yemen adds impetus to plans to set up presence in strategic ports abroad.

China sets sights on offshore military depots: analysts

Minnie Chan

China is expected to set up a network of offshore military supply depots in strategic ports to protect its national interests, according to military analysts.

While it was unlikely that those depots would become fully fledged military bases, Beijing did see the need for a stronger presence abroad as it rolled out its “One Belt, One Road” initiative, the analysts said.

“It’s inevitable that more overseas supply ports will be set up in Africa and other strategic areas as China’s national interests expand,” Li Jie, a naval expert at the Chinese Naval Research Institute, said.

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