A bulk fuel specialist with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 365 (Reinforced), 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, prepares to fuel an MV-22B Osprey at Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti, Feb. 20, 2015. U.S. MARINE CORPS / CPL. JOEY MENDEZ
Defense One: China’s Rising Near This Key US War Base. Here’s How We Push Back
In Djibouti, where China is building its first overseas naval installation, the US must support democratic processes and hold the government accountable to international law.
It was 2009 and U.S. dignitaries were cutting the ribbon on a $14-million, U.S. government-funded naval pier in the small port city of Obock, Djibouti. Then-Djiboutian Prime Minister Dileita Mohamed Dileita called it the “most significant program of its kind ever undertaken in sub-Saharan Africa.” Fast-forward seven years and massive renovations to the project are well underway. Only now, the effort is being led by the Chinese — last year, the Djibouti government kicked the U.S. military off the installation in favor of the People’s Liberation Army. The move illustrated a larger change in the pecking order of Djibouti’s preferred international partners — and shows why the United States must change its approach there.
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WNU Editor: The government in Djibouti care more about being paid for leasing their territory than democratic reforms and ideals. The Chinese know that .... hence the reason why the Americans are on their way out.