Sunday, August 26, 2018

China's Military Base in Djibouti BY Mordechai Chaziza

THE BEGIN-SADAT CENTER FOR STRATEGIC STUDIES BAR-ILAN UNIVERSITY Mideast Security and Policy Studies No.  153

China’s Military Base in Djibouti Mordechai Chaziza E xEcutiv E  S ummary Following decades of non-intervention policy in the MENA region, China  is  now  establishing  a  permanent  military  base  in  Djibouti.  This  study   analyzes the motivation behind China's decision to establish a permanent  naval presence in Djibouti, and whether it reflects a fundamental change  in  its  non-interference  policy  in  the  MENA  region.  The  findings  show   that  geo-economic  interests  are  the  primary  consideration  in  China's   decision,  but  there  are  also  strategic  military  purposes.  China’s  non- interference policy in the MENA is evolving, and establishing a regional  military presence seems to be taking a further significant step, showing  a clear departure from its traditional interpretations of non-interference.  Consequently,  the  Djibouti  naval  base  may  be  just  the  beginning  of   China’s military expression of power in the MENA region.

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