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    Read this with a huge pinch of salt :azn:

    China to take over strategic US military base in Djibouti

    Tue Aug 18, 2015 12:3AM

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    Camp Lemonnier in the tiny African state of Djibouti is the largest US military base in the entire African continent. (file photo)

    The tiny African state of Djibouti has reportedly ordered the US to vacate its secondary Obock military base in the nation in a bid to turn over the installation to the Chinese military and its contingent of 10,000 troops, raising major concerns in Washington, which holds the largest military base in Djibouti, Camp Lemonnier.

    "The announcement, made the day after US Secretary of State John Kerry visited Djibouti last May, is deeply worrying for Pax Americana, for it comes on top of a major package of economic investments by China that has Djiboutian President [Ismaïl Omar] Guelleh openly talking about the importance of his new friends from Asia," US-based magazine CounterPunch wrote in an article on Monday.

    According to the report, the US is about to lose one of its military bases in Djibouti, home to America’s largest permanent military installation in Africa that includes 4,000 troops and a fleet of US assassination drones that run bombing missions in regional Muslim countries as part of Washington's official targeted killing program.

    The Horn of Africa nation, strategically located in the critical entrance from the Indian Ocean to the Red Sea, lies at the gateway to the busy Suez Canal waterway and provides a port to neighboring landlocked Ethiopia.

    The report further points out that the US Defense Department pays Djibouti nearly $63 million per year for the use of the Camp Lemonnier military base, which also serves as one of the world's largest drone bases.

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    China, the report adds, has offered Djibouti a far more generous offer, namely the completion of a $3-billion railroad project from the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa to Djibouti.

    "[Beijing] is also investing $400 million in modernizing Djibouti's notoriously undersized port," the CounterPunch article added.

    According to the article and recent Western press reports, the Chinese military presence in Djibouti has introduced - among other possibilities - the prospect of US schemes to organize a ‘regime-change’ effort in the African nation under the pretext of democratic change.

    UK-based Daily Telegraph highlighted the concerns of Pentagon officials regarding China’s deepening commercial involvement in Djibouti in a report last May, saying the development may prompt Washington “to relocate sensitive intelligence-gathering operations to more secure locations outside Djibouti where they are better protected from interception by the Chinese.”

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    US military installation Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti is the key base of Washington's assassination drones.
    The British daily further said that there are “fears” that President Guelleh may seek “to impose restrictions on the US military’s access to Camp Lemonnier, such as placing limits on the movement of military personnel and military operations conducted from the base.”

    The daily also quoted a “senior US official” as saying that the "trade deal between Djibouti and China has raised serious security concerns with regard to Camp Lemonnier. There are fears that if President Guelleh gets too close to China then he may be tempted to impose restrictions on US access to the base, which would seriously affect the West’s attempts to collect intelligence on Islamic State (Daesh) and al-Qaeda.”

    Pointing to a potential US scheme to plan a regime-change operation in Djibouti, the British daily added, “American diplomats are also resisting attempts by Mr Guelleh to stand for re-election next year, which they argue is unconstitutional. Mr Guelleh has been in power since 1999, and by law should stand down. If he does so then Washington hopes a more reasonable leader will be elected, one more aligned to the Pentagon's interests.”

    Moreover, in an April 23 article titled “China Comes to Djibouti,” US journal Foreign Affairs wrote that “Washington would need to band together with other allies such as France, Germany and Japan to try and counter China’s growing influence in Djibouti.”

    “If it doesn’t, Washington might find that the country hosting its only military base in sub-Saharan Africa owes more favors to China, its rising global rival, than to the United States itself,” the magazine emphasized.

    PressTV-China to take over US base in Djibouti
     
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    AUGUST 17, 2015

    US vs China in Djibouti

    by THOMAS MOUNTAIN

    The tiny country of Djibouti sitting at the strategically critical entrance from the Indian Ocean to the Red Sea is quickly turning into the latest confrontation between the USA and China in Africa.

    Djibouti, home to the only US permanent military presence in Africa, has recently notified the American military that they have to vacate Obock, a small secondary base which will see the installation of some 10,000 Chinese troops in their place.

    The announcement, made the day after US Secretary of State John Kerry visited Djibouti last May is deeply worrying for Pax Americana for it comes on top of a major package of economic investments by China that has Djiboutian President Guelleh openly talking about the importance of his new friends from Asia.

    China is about to complete a $3 billion railroad from the capital of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, Africa’s second largest country to Djibouti, Ethiopia’s only outlet to the sea. China is also investing $400 million in modernizing Djibouti’s notoriously undersized port, where for the past 17 years (since the Ethiopians tried and failed to take Eritrea’s port of Assab during Ethiopia’s war against Eritrea from 1998-2000) Ethiopia has been forced to import 90% of its fuel and food from.

    The US military pays Djibouti $63 million a year for the use of Camp Lemonnier, home to 4,000 US troops and one of the worlds largest drone bases used to terrorize the populations of Yemen and Somalia. This is a pittance really, when compared to the hundred$ of million$ a year that the Chinese investments will bring into Djiboutian government coffers.

    The fact that 10,000 Chinese troops are being installed next door to such a critical US military base is causing powerful members of the US Congress to suddenly discover that Djibouti, long a de facto province of Ethiopia, is a “major violator of human rights”, dangerously “undemocratic”, and that it is time for “regime change” in the tiny country of about half a million people, long one of the poorest and most repressive on the planet.

    So don’t be suprised if we wake up one morning and find that in the name of “democracy” there has been a military coup in Djibouti and that the Chinese, like what they are experiencing in South Sudan, find themselves with the short end of the stick when it comes to their rivalry with the USA in Africa.

    US vs China in Djibouti
     
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    PressTV cites CounterPunch.

    I am not sure how reliable they are. Have to wait and see.
     
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    US-based magazine CounterPunch ?

    LOL wut.
     
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    China Dominates America in Djibouti

    August 17, 2015 • From theTrumpet.com

    This is the new normal.:argh:

    BY ANTHONY CHIBARIRWE

    China is winning friends and contracts in Djibouti in fields once dominated by the United States—and now America’s most important naval facility in the Indian Ocean may be at risk.

    “[T]he Chinese also want to protect their interests, and they are welcome,” said Djibouti President Ismaïl Omar Guelleh in an interview with Agence France-Presse in May. Guelleh said that “discussions are ongoing” that will establish China’s first overseas naval base in Djibouti.

    According to reports, China will send 10,000 troops to its new base in Obock, a port city in the north of the country. Obock is presently occupied by a small contingent of U.S. military personnel, but the Djibouti government has already asked the U.S. to vacate the site. The Chinese will pay $100 million per year to the Djibouti government for use of the base. From there, the Chinese say they will be able to project power into the oceans surrounding the Horn of Africa and protect their ships from pirates.

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    China has also recently sent soldiers into Sudan to protect oil interests. With its new port facilities, China might find it easier to reinforce the oil interests and support other economic activities in Africa.

    However, the main reason China has made its move into Djibouti is because of its strategic location at the narrow Bab el-Mandeb choke point leading into the Red Sea and the strategic Suez Canal. Growing percentages of China’s trade is with Europe, and its presence in Djibouti is a sign to the world that it is willing to take action to protect its trade routes.

    It is probably not a coincidence that China’s announcement about its presence in Djibouti coincided with Egypt’s announcement that the Suez Canal expansion was complete.

    This development will leave the United States with only one base in Djibouti—its only one in Africa—Camp Lemonnier. The U.S. currently has 4,500 military personnel there, and it is currently paying $63 million per year for use of the base—significantly less than China’s $100 million for Obock.

    America started using Camp Lemonnier in 2001 to help in its fight against terrorism. It uses the base for gathering intelligence on the Islamic State, al Qaeda and their affiliates in both Africa and the Gulf region. Camp Lemonnier is also the United States’ main base of drone operations in the region, and it’s equipped with fighter jets and helicopters.

    The Pentagon is worried about the viability of U.S. intelligence-gathering operations now that China plans to move in next door. It fears that China will intercept U.S. intelligence and compromise its operations.

    A senior U.S. official told the Telegraph that China’s presence poses “serious security concerns with regard to Camp Lemonnier.” He said that there are “fears that if President Guelleh gets too close to China then he may be tempted to impose restrictions on U.S. access to the base.”

    Some members of the U.S. Congress warned about China’s influence in the region and urged the Obama administration to prevent the establishment of a Chinese base in Djibouti.

    The relationship between the U.S. and President Guelleh is already strained: Washington accuses him of dictatorial leadership, and it hopes that new elections could change those edgy relations. China is taking advantage of this strain as it has in other parts of Africa—a continent in which it invests about $200 billion every year.

    “Barring drastic unforeseen change in China itself, this is the new normal,” said Alex Sullivan, an analyst at the Center for a New American Security. “There’s a much larger story, and this is emblematic,” he continued. “China is becoming more active in international security affairs than at any time in the history of the People’s Republic because they have an increasing global interest.”

    In addition to its new base, China purchased a $185 million stake in the Port of Djibouti. It also has promised to invest $400 million to modernize Djibouti’s ports.

    Foreign Affairs noted that if the United States doesn’t take decisive action to counter Chinese dominance, “Washington might find that the country hosting its only military base in sub-Saharan Africa owes more favors to China, its rising global rival, than to the United States itself.”

    Djibouti’s location along the gateway that gives the world access to the Red Sea and the Suez Canal makes it strategically critical. As the United States rapidly loses control of sea gates around the world, China is moving in. To learn more about this trend, request our free book by Herbert W. Armstrong The United States and Britain in Prophecy.

    China Dominates America in Djibouti - theTrumpet.com
     
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    US influence declining day by day.
     
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    China is heavily investing in Djibouti. Before you know it, they can ORDER Djibouti to kick them out. It's their economy after all. It'll take a while though.
     
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    Their country, their rules.

    Money talks!
     
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    they know what's good for them
     
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    Nothing new actually, it's like you bought a house, you rent it to some tenant for $650 per month, now a new tenant want to rent your place for $1,000 per month, and you, as the house owner, want the original tenant move out by the end of the lease so your new tenant move in. What is wrong about that??

    This is simply replace tenant 1 with US, tenant 2 with China, and 650/month replaced with 65 million per year, and 1000 per month replaced with 100 million per year, and the house you own is an naval base.

    If US want to keep the lease, they would and could up the rent to maybe 1,100, but If US don't want the lease then they won't renew it with more rent, it's that simple. It's not like Djibouti kick the US out of the country or something, Nor do US wanted or need to stay in that base. It's not even a Clarke AFB or Subic Bay situation, where the Philippine simply kick the US out....

    The way that article write tho, is less about truth but more about bloating. China win what? A base that is in Djibouti? Or they win the US base by paying more?? I don't get it, it's not like they kick US out in the region lol, I honestly don't see why the fuzz over this article??
     
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    Some thing tells me that the dynamics of being the landlord of a 'house' and that of a 'military base' aren't exactly the same ! :undecided:

    Unless of course you were talking about the house being rented by Al Capone is now rented by Pablo Escobar ! :o:
     
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    lol, its the same
     
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    Forget about Djibouti!in 2016 the 50-year lease from UK to US over Diego Garcia will expire,words on the street that the Brits were not too happy about the Americans using that island for torturing prisoners,they might consider leasing it to China :rofl:

    Much better positioned and with infrastructures already built,we can put our base there and spank India anytime we want. :D
     
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    Now Uncle Sam will declare Djibouti a terrorist state ..