That’s right. China will soon have a naval base in Djibouti. Even weirder, Japan already has one in Djibouti. That’s right, Japan.
Djibouti sits at one of the world’s great bottlenecks. A bottleneck of supreme importance to both Europe and the United States. (And others apparently.) A quick glance at a map illustrates why this is.
This new Chinese base will sit right next to US Africa Command. It constitutes the first real post Cold War strategic challenge to the US from a state actor.
(From The Harvard Political Review)
While the United States welcomes Japan’s involvement in Djibouti, China’s new naval base has worried U.S. officials. China’s new naval base is located only a few miles away from the U.S. base at Lemonnier, which has made U.S. officials nervous about the power’s future in the region. President Xi Jinping’s displays of military might demonstrate how determined the Chinese government is to display its new international clout. A Chinese base in East Africa may signal China’s desire to insert global influence beyond the confines of East Asia. “For now,” Professor said, “it’s something to keep an eye on.”