This is coolbert:
Yet one more indication of Chinese geo-political manifestation on the world state. Sea power as in this instance a combination of naval and naval infantry [marines].
CHINESE MILITARY UNITS TO BE STATIONED ABROAD, FAR FROM HOME.
"China Is Building a 100,000 Strong Marine Corps"
"The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is set to increase the size of its Marine Corps from about 20,000 to 100,000, the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported on March 13. According to unnamed PLA insiders and experts interviewed by SCMP, elements of the expanded Marine Corps would be stationed abroad, including Djibouti in the Horn of Africa and Gwadar in southwest Pakistan."
NOTHING LIKE THIS HAS OCCURRED IN ALMOST SIX-HUNDRED YEARS! NOT SINCE THE DAYS OF THE CHINESE ADMIRAL ZHENG HE!!
Such a decision to station Chinese troops well beyond the conventional boundaries of China proper yet one more manifestation of the String of Pearls doctrine.
Djibouti also now and has been for some time a staging area and base for French Foreign Legion [FFL] units and also American Marines.
Devoted readers go and see from the You Tube video the topic of which is FFL desert training program, Djibouti. CECAP [Centre d'entrainement commando et d'aguerrissement à Djibouti]. It doesn't get more difficult than that.
An additional You Tube video shows the water qualification course [La piste nautique du 2 REP au CECAP] as held at Djibouti. Nothing easy about that either. Team work for success a necessity.