U.S. asked by Djibouti to leave base, and turn it over to – China?

U.S. asked by Djibouti to leave base, and turn it over to – China?
U.S. and Djiboutian dignitaries dedicate the new pier at Obock in 2009. (Image: AFRICOM, USAF SSgt Joseph L. Swofford, Jr.)

[Ed. – No, not Camp Lemonnier.  The pier facility at Obock — which the U.S. built for Djibouti, and has been using since 2009.  But not anymore, if the report below is correct.  Regional media certainly suggest it is.]

Want China Times has the juiciest story of the week, with its report that the United States is being ordered to vacate the town in Djibouti that China is eyeing for a military base. Citing Global Times and Counter Punch, Want China Times says that “Djibouti reportedly ordered the U.S. to vacate the Obock military base so that it can be turned over the People’s Liberation Army.” The United States’ actual permanent base in Djibouti is at Camp Lemonnier; Obock is a port city with an existing airport and naval pier.

Washington is reportedly deeply concerned about the move, which would give China its first-ever overseas base — one that incorporates U.S.-built facilities.

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