Beijing: China says it is planning to construct global “support facilities” in more countries, after starting to construct a logistics center in the African country of Djibouti.
According to the reports, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi made the announcement during a news conference on the sidelines of an annual parliament meeting on Tuesday.
“We are willing to, in accordance with objective needs, respond to the wishes of host nations and in regions where China’s interests are concentrated, try out the construction of some infrastructure facilities and support abilities,” he said.
Last month, the Chinese Defense Ministry said Beijing had started construction on the base in Djibouti, which is seeking to become a shipping hub.
Djibouti, which is located at the southern entrance of the Red Sea on the route to the Suez Canal, also hosts American and French bases.
Elsewhere in his Tuesday remarks, Wang described the South China Sea as one of the world’s safest and freest shipping lanes, saying Beijing was the first to “explore, name, develop, and administer” islands in the region.
The South China Sea has become a source of tension between China, the US, and some regional countries seeking control of trade routes and mineral deposits there.
The Chinese foreign minister also accused Japan of constantly seeking to instigate tension in the region.
Relations between China and Japan have soured in the past years over a territorial row on an uninhabited yet strategically-important island group in the East China Sea.