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From Rail And Airports To Its First Overseas Naval Base, China Zeroes In On Tiny Djibouti

Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh will arrive in China on Wednesday for a three-day state visit that is expected to further boost ties with the African nation. Situated in the Horn of Africa – adjacent to one of the world’s busiest shipping routes – Djibouti has a population of less than one million and is home to China’s first overseas military base.

Read Here – South China Morning Post

China Is Moving Into The Middle East – Why is No One Worried?

The delicate balance of power in the Middle East has already suffered one dramatic upheaval this year, after Moscow’s decision to launch its military intervention in support of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. Now there are mounting concerns that the region could suffer further instability following China’s decision to establish its first overseas military outpost in one of the world’s most troubled hotshots.

Read Here – The Telegraph

China’s Naval Plans For Djibouti: A Road, a Belt, Or A String of Pearls?

In the context of a growing rivalry between Beijing and Washington, Djibouti showcases that certain strategic points are underpinned by a zero-sum logic, where one power’s gain can only come at the other one’s loss. What this means is that the idea of the Modern Silk Route as a purely economic initiative is fanciful to say the least.

Read Here – The Diplomat

The Great Gamble

With a new king and a young, untested defense minister, Riyadh has plunged headlong into war in Yemen. At stake is nothing less than the kingdom’s position of leadership in the Arab world.

Read Here – Foreign Policy

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