2018/04/10 – China opened its first overseas military base in Djibouti in 2017. Now, after a year of operation, many details have surfaced to provide a better idea of Beijing’s reason for the base, and its wider global calculations predicated on the facility. Beijing has always couched the rationale for the base in benign terms. This narrative, however, disguises its broader and larger ambitions. It also hides the increasingly sophisticated approach that China has adopted to pursue its goals. Djibouti is a critical step in the global ambitions of China’s military.China has consistently downplayed the importance of its outpost, including the capacity and purpose of the base. Before construction was completed, China called it an “overseas logistical supply facility.” That term gradually morphed, and now it is characterized as a “supply base” — still, however, not a “military” outpost. The Chinese media has been at pains to detail how the base cannot conceivably be compared to British or American facilities, for example, in terms of infrastructure, equipment and capabilities. The reason Beijing intentionally avoids the term “military base” is to dodge attention, suspicion and threat — mostly attention, albeit not successfully. For the undeniable truth remains: The base has been dominated, developed and used by the Chinese military. Continuer à lire … « China defying the rules of the game with Djibouti military base »
2018/04/10- La Tunisie et le Djibouti ont signé mercredi six conventions de coopération bilatérale dans divers domaines à l’issue de la visite de trois jours en Tunisie du président djiboutien, Ismail Omar Guelleh. Continuer à lire … « Tunisie-Djibouti : Six conventions bilatérales signées lors de la visite du président djiboutien »
2018/09/02 – PEACE Cable International Network Co., Ltd. (PEACE Cable) a signé un protocole d’entente (PE) et un contrat de concession avec le fournisseur de services réseau pakistanais Cybernet et Djibouti Telecom au cours du 4e forum des réseaux sous-marins de l’Asie-Pacifique. Les contrats de concession restants seront également signés au cours des deux prochaines semaines et représentent une étape clé dans le projet de livraison qui comprend la demande de permis de travail dans chaque pays. Continuer à lire … « PEACE Cable lance une concession d’exploitation en coopération avec le Pakistan et Djibouti »
2018/07/21 – Chinese President Xi Jinping has arrived in Africa on a four-nation visit seeking deeper military and economic ties.
His visit comes as the US, the country’s rival in a bitter trade war, shows little interest in the world’s second most populous continent. Continuer à lire … « China’s President Arrives In Africa To Develop Deeper Military Ties With Continent »
2018/07/13 – Ethiopians and Eritreans alike are celebrating the breakneck speed of a rapprochement between Addis Ababa and Asmara, two longtime enemies. Closer ties between the two, while not necessarily a done deal, could usher in a new era of peace and prosperity for the Horn of Africa, resuming a thriving trade relationship and granting landlocked Ethiopia access to a new port. Continuer à lire … « Why Djibouti Is the Loser of the Horn of Africa’s New Peace »
2018/07/11 – China continues to solidify its positions in Africa, where in addition to its investment activities and so-called railway diplomacy, Beijing is steadily increasing arms sales.
China is boosting defense cooperation with the countries of the African continent: On June 26, Beijing hosted its first China-Africa Defense and Security Forum that brought together representatives from 50 African countries and the African Union. Continuer à lire … « China Bolstering Africa Expansion by Selling Arms to the Continent »
2018/07/11 – China has helped launch the first phase of a $3.5bn project to build Africa’s biggest free trade zone in the microstate of Djibouti.
The Djibouti International Free Trade Zone (DIFTZ) is planned as a 48 sq km project, however the first phase will be a $370m, 2.4 sq km pilot zone which will consist of four industrial clusters focusing on processing goods for export, financial support services, manufacturing and duty-free retailing. Continuer à lire … « “Africa’s Dubai”: Chinese group starts work on $3.5bn Djibouti free trade zone »