December 12th, 2011
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China to open militray base at Seychelles

chineese-navyBeijing: China announced that it will set up its first military base abroad in Seychelles, an Indian Ocean island to “seek supplies and recuperate” facilities for its Navy. China has already cemented its foothold in the Indian Ocean by signing contract with the UN backed International Seabed Authority to gain rights to explore polymetallic sulphide ore deposit in Indian Ocean over the next 15 years. China has been given the exclusive rights to explore a 10,000-square-km of international seabed in the southwest Indian Ocean.The base in Seychelles is regarded significant by analysts as China is about to launch its first aircraft carrier. It is currently undergoing final trials. China that will establish a military base in Seychelles, said it had re-supply facilities at harbours in Djibouti, Oman and Yemen. Seychelles foreign affairs minister Jean-Paul Adam said his country has invited China to set up a military base on the archipelago to beef up the fight against piracy.

“We have invited the Chinese government to set up a military presence on Mahe to fight the pirate attacks that the Seychelles face on a regular basis,” Adam was quoted as saying in the media reports. Seychelles also invited China’s navy to re-supply and recuperate in the country during escort missions, the defence ministry statement said.


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