Parting the Red Sea: Why the Chinese and U.S. Armies Are Fortifying This Tiny African Country

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Parting the Red Sea: Why the Chinese and U.S. Armies Are Fortifying This Tiny African Country
Parting the Red Sea: Why the Chinese and U.S. Armies Are Fortifying This Tiny African Country

If there is a military front line in the growing global tensions between China and the United
States, it is here in Djibouti, a small country of less than a million people on one of the world’s most strategically important sites.

In Djibouti, two superpowers have built heavily guarded bases only a few kilometres apart, watching the crossroads between Asia, Africa and the Middle East in an increasingly tense standoff for global supremacy. What could possibly go wrong?

Djibouti dominates access to Bab el-Mandeb (the “Gate of Tears” in Arabic), a crucial choke point at the entrance to the Red Sea, only 25 kilometres wide at its narrowest point. It commands access to the Suez Canal shipping route that connects Asia, Europe and the Middle East, and it is the only place in the world where Beijing and Washington have large scale military bases so close together.

CENTER FOR AFRICAN STUDIES

Center for Africa Studies (AFRAM) which located in Ankara, is an organization facilitating under the administration of African Affairs Council (AFAC). It makes various researches about Africa to enhance economic and cultural bounds between Africa and Turkey. AFRAM’s publishings has been shared with different institutions as they require to obtain.

AFRICA OBSERVATORY

Africa Observatory is one the publishing of AFRAM and it has been published each two weeks. It has been delivered to different institutions via e-mail.



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