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    China Sets Sights on Djibouti Military Outpost

    They’re looking way beyond the South China Sea. Beijing has announced that it’s reorganizing its military to wield more international power with plans for its first military outpost overseas. Xi Jinping characterized it as building a “strong military that corresponds to our country’s international stature.” Breaking from its traditional focus on defending China’s borders, this new installation in the East African nation — which will take years to implement — will be used to resupply Chinese naval vessels involved in anti-piracy missions and could help China become a global maritime power.

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