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WorldScientific.com: Ethiopian Compares American and Chinese Military Presence in Djibouti

Posted by: Berhane Habtemariam

Date: Saturday, 30 December 2023

Ethiopian Compares American and Chinese Military Presence in Djibouti

December 30, 2023

 The most recent edition of the China Quarterly of International Strategic Studies, published by the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies, contains an article titled "The Chinese and American Military Installations in Djibouti: National and Regional Security Implications" by Abebe Alemu Melese, a PhD candidate at Addis Ababa University.  

This analysis by an Ethiopian published in an official Chinese journal offers useful insights on how both Ethiopia and China see great power competition in the Horn of Africa.  The author concludes that great power rivalry in the Horn of Africa has undermined the regional integration process.  It has changed the regional balance of power in favor of Red Sea littoral states.  Income from military base rents and port investments has empowered littoral states vis-a-vis Ethiopia. 


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