Are Gulf powers pushing for the unification of the Horn of Africa under the leadership of Ethiopia, and the “De-Turkification” of Somalia?
Unlike the US, which has numerous military bases around the world, China has exercised its global presence through peacekeeping operations.
Ethiopia has already signed several power purchase agreements with countries in the region, including Djibouti, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan and Tanzania.
China will pay $100M rent annually for its military base – more than what the US and France pay, and has turned Djibouti into region’s securest and biggest port.
The lease on the only permanent US military base in Africa, Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti is $63M a year. China, building its own facility at the other end of the Gulf of Tadjoura, gets a bargain at $20M