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Analysis: Djibouti – China’s first base challenges American dominance

16th August 2017 - 07:00 GMT | by Wendell Minnick in Taipei

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For a strategic planner looking for a critical maritime chokepoint, beyond canals there are only two really scary ones on the planet worthy of attention – the Malacca Strait and the Bab el-Mandeb Strait.

In the latter case, the Bab el-Mandeb connects the Gulf of Aden to the Red Sea, via the Suez Canal and the Mediterranean.

On 1 August, the 90th anniversary of the foundation of the People’s Liberation Army, the Chinese officially opened their first overseas military base and naval support facility in Djibouti with a flag raising ceremony.

Although there are numerous foreign militaries in Djibouti, including …

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