Beijing (Reuters): Ships carrying Chinese military personnel for Beijing's first overseas military base , in Djibouti in the Horn of Africa, have left China to begin setting up the facility as China 's rapidly modernizing military hones its global reach.
Djibouti 's position on the northwestern edge of the Indian Ocean has fueled worries in India that it would become another of China 's "string of pearls" of military alliances and assets ringing India, including Bangladesh, Myanmar and Sri Lanka.
China began construction of a logistics base in strategically located Djibouti last year that will resupply naval vessels taking part in peacekeeping and humanitarian missions off the coasts of Yemen and Somalia, in particular.
Xinhua said the establishment of the base was a decision made by both countries after "friendly negotiations, and accords with the common interest of the people from both sides".
"The base will also be conducive to overseas tasks including military cooperation, joint exercises, evacuating and protecting overseas Chinese and emergency rescue, as well as jointly maintaining security of international strategic seaways," the Xinhua report.