China strengthen its positions in Africa
The China-Africa Cooperation Summit (FOCAC) was held last week in Johannesburg, South Africa. One of the results of the summit was an agreement for the construction of a Chinese military naval base in Djibouti. This eastern African country has great strategic importance, guarding the gates to Read Sea and Suez Canal. Officially the new base serves for “a resupplying position for its ships participating in United Nations anti-piracy missions”. It is important that Djibouti also hosts ‘Camp Lemonnier’’, a key military base of the US in the region. The new Chinese base will foster competition between two countries in the region for control of the strategically important supply route.