Chinese President Xi Jinping is sending a special envoy to visit the Horn of Africa nation of Djibouti, where China is establishing a naval logistics center that is widely seen as the country's first overseas military base.

The official Xinhua News Agency said Saturday that Yan Junqi will this week attend the inauguration of Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh followed by that of President Yoweri Museveni in nearby Uganda.

China says the logistics center is intended to service a variety of missions, including Chinese ships taking part in anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden and Chinese troops on U.N. peacekeeping missions in Africa.

It is seen as a sign of the growing global presence of China's military as it takes on increasingly complex and varied missions.