In 2010 the Chief of Staff of European Union Naval Forces for Somalia (EUNAVFOR Somalia), …told reporters that China's decision to send PLA-N forces across the Indian Ocean to handle Somalian pirates was "extremely good news and will allow us to surge other assets into the Somali basin, where pirate activity remains at an all-time high."
- Djibouti (see below)
China has various dual-use port arrangements with countries in the Indian Ocean that give Chinese civilian vessels and naval vessels some security. (Map courtesy CIMSEC)
As an example of China's consolidation in the Indian Ocean there is the base in Djibouti.
In 2015 China has been cementing its position in the tiny country of Djibouti (see left-center red dot on above map). France has long has bases in Djibouti and more recently the US opened a large (Camp Lemonnier) Base in strategic Djibouti. Djibouti provides China easy access to African - Middle East flashpoints.
His Excellency Mahamoud Ali Youssouf, Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Republic of Djibouti in Washington DC's, The Hill, December 10, 2015 has issued the following statement, which says in part:
"Djibouti values both China and US in East Africa":