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The US is wary of China's military ambitions in Africa

Posted On: May 15, 2021   |   Posted By: Business Insider

China officially launched its first overseas military base in the Djibouti in August 2017.
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The top US commander in Africa recently said China's new naval pier in Djibouti could support an aircraft carrier.
China's peacekeeping deployments in Africa are seen as a potential excuse to build up its military presence on the continent.
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With a population of under 1 million, Djibouti on the Horn of Africa is one of the smallest countries on the continent. But what it lacks in size, it makes up for with its strategic location, overlooking the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, a choke point between the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. It is that location that has made it a hub for foreign militaries. Before 2017, the United States, France, Japan and Italy had established bases for their armed forces in the country. Then China arrived, setting up what it described as a logistics facility for resupplying Chinese vessels on peacekeeping and humanitarian missions. That facility...

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