China–Djibouti relations

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China–Djibouti relations
Map indicating locations of China and Djibouti

China

Djibouti
Institut Sino Djiboutien des Affaires Portuaires ("Sino-Djiboutian Port Affairs Institute"; 中吉港口交流学院) - Shenzhen

People's Republic of China–Djibouti relations refers to the current and historical relationship between the People's Republic of China and Djibouti. China and Djibouti established relations on January 8, 1979. China has financed a number of public works projects in Djibouti, including a stadium, the offices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the People's Palace.[1] In September 2010, Type 920 Hospital Ship, also known as the "Peace Ark", visited Djibouti.[2]

Economic development[edit]

Since the first Forum on China Africa Cooperation in 2000, Beijing has delivered $16.6 million in development finance to Djibouti.[3] Major Chinese aid projects in Djibouti include:

  • $8.2 million to fund the construction of a hospital in Arta[3]
  • A $2.41 million grant for construction of a new headquarters for the Djiboutian Foreign Minister[3]
  • $1.75 million in food aid during a drought in Djibouti in 2005[3]

Military base[edit]

In 2016, construction began on a Chinese naval outpost in Djibouti. The site was slated to become China's first overseas military installation. According to Djiboutian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mahmoud Ali Youssouf, the 90 acre plot would likely house only 300 Chinese troops and would require the Chinese government to pay the Djiboutian government $20 million annually for ten years with an option for an additional period of ten years.[4]

Ethiopia-Djibouti Potable Water Project[edit]

In 2017, China announced the launch of a cross-border potable water project between Ethiopia and Djibouti. The project will include the installation of a 102 kilometer long pipeline to draw groundwater from the Ethiopian town of Hadagalla to be provided to the towns of Ali-Sabieh, Dikhil, Arta and Djibouti city.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.china.org.cn/english/features/focac/183543.htm
  2. ^ http://www.china.org.cn/photos/2010-09/30/content_21040435.htm
  3. ^ a b c d Austin Strange, Bradley C. Parks, Michael J. Tierney, Andreas Fuchs, Axel Dreher, and Vijaya Ramachandran. 2013. China’s Development Finance to Africa: A Media-Based Approach to Data Collection. CGD Working Paper 323. Washington DC: Center for Global Development. http://aiddatachina.org/projects?utf8=%E2%9C%93&search=&active_string%5B%5D=Active&country_name%5B%5D=Djibouti&scope_names%5B%5D=Official+Finance
  4. ^ Page, Jeremy (19 August 2016). "China Builds First Overseas Military Outpost". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 10 December 2016. 
  5. ^ http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2017-06/27/content_41107199.htm