Red Sea rivals

Africa Confidential Vol 56 No 20 | 9 October 2015
Now that Japan has relaxed its prohibition against overseas military operations, its move to revamp its base in Djibouti may offer new opportunities for confrontation with China. Japan’s base is only 50 kilometres from China’s planned outpost, reportedly at Obock, on the other side of the Gulf of Tadjoura from the port of Djibouti. China and Japan have been having regular naval face-offs in the East China Sea over disputed territory.
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