China’s Military Base in Djibouti: A Microcosm of China’s Growing Competition with the United States and New Bipolarity

Jean-Pierre CABESTAN*

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Abstract

This article analyzes China’ and the People’s Liberation Army (PLA)’s rationale in opening what it calls a ‘logistical support facility’ in Djibouti as well as the missions that it is supposed to fulfil. The author also presents this base’s activities since its opening on 1 August 2017 and explores the potential role that the Chinese military stationed in Djibouti could play to secure Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road initiative and protect Chinese interests and nationals in Africa or the Middle East. Finally, it assesses the PLA base’s relations with other militaries present in Djibouti, particularly the US, the French and the Japanese, concluding that Djibouti operates as a microcosm of a multipolar world heading towards a bipolar, though asymmetrical, world order.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)731-747
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Contemporary China
Volume29
Issue number125
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Sep 2020

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development
  • Political Science and International Relations

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