Djibouti helps China juggle commercial and military objectives along the belt and road. Photo: Reuters
Djibouti helps China juggle commercial and military objectives along the belt and road. Photo: Reuters

How the tiny African nation of Djibouti became the linchpin in China’s belt and road plan

  • Ideally situated with good harbours, this remote country is helping China protect its growing interests as the vast infrastructure strategy takes hold.
  • It is located at the gateway of the Suez Canal, through which 10 per cent of the world’s oil exports and 20 per cent of all commercial goods travel.

Djibouti helps China juggle commercial and military objectives along the belt and road. Photo: Reuters
Djibouti helps China juggle commercial and military objectives along the belt and road. Photo: Reuters
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