On 4 November 2017, the Chinese President, Xi Jinping held a video conference to address his soldiers at the Chinese base in Djibouti.
According to Defense News, this base has been consolidated. You could now call it a fortress, capable of accommodating a complete brigade (7 to 10 000 men).
The establishment of this base, near the US, Israeli and French bases, has put an end to piracy off the coast of Somalia.
This is the first military base outside the sphere of Chinese influence.