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Djibouti: From Island of Stability to Agent of Chaos?

Djibouti’s regional monopoly and economic leverage is coming under threat from peace between Eritrea and Ethiopia
Djibouti’s regional monopoly and economic leverage are coming under threat from “peace” between Eritrea and its only client Ethiopia. Could Guelleh and his government have any other choice than playing the villain?

BY AARON BROOKS | EAST AFRICAN MONITOR

For the past decade, Djibouti has been a tiny haven in the Horn of Africa, mostly free from the tension simmering elsewhere in the region. This has produced an influx of investment that has turned Djibouti into one of Africa’s most important trade and military hubs. Continue reading Djibouti: From Island of Stability to Agent of Chaos?

Will Djibouti Become Latest Country to Fall Into China’s Debt Trap?

Tiny Djibouti houses a key U.S. military base, making it a particular concern for Washington: facing mounting debt and increasing dependence on extracting rents, would be pressured to hand over control of Camp Lemonnier to China. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

BY AMY CHENG | FOREIGN POLICY

Djibouti lies more than 2,500 miles from Sri Lanka but the East African country faces a predicament similar to what its peer across the sea confronted last year: It has borrowed more money from China than it can pay back. Continue reading Will Djibouti Become Latest Country to Fall Into China’s Debt Trap?

Djibouti Wins Jackpot – Renting Out Desert for Military Bases

What’s in it for Djibouti? Money. Pure and simple. For the very autocratic regime that has done extraordinarily little for its people, this is a fantastic get-rich-quick scheme – to rent bits of desert to foreign powers.

BY EDWARD PAICE | THE CIPHER BRIEF

China is constructing its first overseas military base just a few miles from one of the United States’ largest and most important foreign bases — Camp Lemonnier in the small East African nation of Djibouti.  Five other nations have put up bases there, and Saudi Arabia will soon join them.

The Cipher Brief’s Kaitlin Lavinder asked Edward Paice, Director of the Africa Research Institute in London, why China chose Djibouti, what the U.S. thinks about it, and why several other nations, including the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, focusing military attention on the coast of the Horn of Africa. Continue reading Djibouti Wins Jackpot – Renting Out Desert for Military Bases

Chinese Naval Base in Djibouti Nears Completion

This large facility is located near a crucial maritime choke point and America’s only full military base in Africa. The likelihood of increased military espionage from China will severely undercut American presence and influence in the region.

By Anthony Chibarirwe | The Trumpet,

The first Chinese military base abroad is nearing completion, and the new reality is beginning to sink in: The new China is assertive and militarily advanced.

After two years of media pronouncements and public relations campaigns, and after one year of construction, China’s naval base in the East African nation of Djibouti is now a reality: It will begin operations later this year. Continue reading Chinese Naval Base in Djibouti Nears Completion

U.S. Wary of Its New Neighbor in Djibouti: A Chinese Naval Base

Washington may soon find the country that hosted its only military base in sub-Saharan Africa owes more favour to China, or technically speaking, reduced to becoming China’s client. That’s Washington’s primary fear. What are its options?

By Andrew Jacobs | The New York Times,

The two countries keep dozens of intercontinental nuclear missiles pointed at each other’s cities. Their frigates and fighter jets occasionally face off in the contested waters of the South China Sea.

With no shared border, China and the United States mostly circle each other from afar, relying on satellites and cybersnooping to peek inside the workings of each other’s war machines.

But the two strategic rivals are about to become neighbors in this sun-scorched patch of East African desert. China is constructing its first overseas military base here — just a few miles from Camp Lemonnier, one of the Pentagon’s largest and most important foreign installations. Continue reading U.S. Wary of Its New Neighbor in Djibouti: A Chinese Naval Base

U.S. – China Relations, Djibouti at the Center of New Cold War

Djibouti may likely find itself at the center of growing tension between Beijing and Washington.

With the arrival of a fiercely anti-China President in the White House, Djibouti risks being caught in the middle.

By Ali Musa,

With the arrival of the new US President, fiercely opposed to China, Djibouti risks being caught between the two great world supper power. The current sinophile position of President Ismail Omar Guelleh could in this context of tension jeopardize good relations with Washington and permanently jeopardize the stability of the country.

“I do not want China to tell me what to do, and I do not see why we should be linked to the policy of a single China.”

In declaring these words on the American Fox television last December, President-elect Donald Trump put an end to forty years of American diplomatic policy. And opened a new chapter in the history of Sino-American relations: an era of mistrust and tension. Continue reading U.S. – China Relations, Djibouti at the Center of New Cold War