- U.S. has expressed concern it may lose access to Doraleh port
- U.S., China operate military bases in Horn of Africa nation
By Nizar Manek, 14 March 2018
Djibouti’s government will embrace greater Chinese involvement in the nation’s ports and sees no reasons for U.S. concern that its strategic interests may be threatened, Finance Minister Ilyas Dawaleh said.
Situated on a global shipping choke-point that links the Red Sea and Suez Canal, Djibouti has become increasingly important to regional and world powers. Smaller than the state of Massachusetts, it hosts the largest U.S. military base in Africa and China’s first such overseas facility, which was inaugurated in August, also in the Doraleh area.