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Why are American officials worried about a port in Djibouti?


-There is widespread
understanding that the reason they seized
that terminal is because the Djiboutians are up
to their neck in debt to China and that they will in
the foreseeable future essentially yield that critically, strategic
container port to China. -American officials
are expressing concern over a strategic port in the small East
African country of Djibouti. The country hosts the only
permanent American base in Africa,
Camp Lemonnier. This base’s strategic location
has allowed the military to conduct counter-terrorism
operations in Somalia and Yemen. -The ability of
the United States to conduct military operations
from Djibouti is absolutely in the core national security interests
of the United States. -Djibouti recently seized
control of the Doraleh
container terminal, which had been operated
by a private company. The Djiboutian government claims
an official negotiating the agreement for the port
was influenced by bribery. -But we found out that there
were imbalances in the contract to the point
that we got convinced that the contract
was signed in bad faith. -In 2016,
an international arbitration court cleared that official. Members of Congress
and other American officials have expressed concern
that the Djiboutian government could hand over control
of the port to China. -I think it is entirely
plausible, indeed probable, that within the next six months, we will see the Doraleh port
container terminal at Djibouti transferred directly
into a Chinese company and that the Chinese
will eventually use that enormously important
strategic position to crowd out US military operations,
to constrain them. -If the Chinese did take over
that port, and again, we have assurances
from the Djiboutians they won’t, but if they did,
I mean, down the way, that restricts our access. That restricts the Navy’s
ability to get in there and just simply offload supplies
and the like, so there are challenges
with this. When we talk about influence
and access, this is a classic example with regards to China
of how we’ve got to proceed and how we’ve got to be careful
as we move forward. -And soon, Djibouti may hand over control of the Doraleh
container terminal, a strategically located
shipping port on the Red Sea, to Chinese
state-owned enterprises. Should this occur, the balance
of power in the horn of Africa, astride major arteries of
maritime trade between Europe, the Middle East, and South Asia,
would shift in favor of China. -Djiboutian officials have
assured the American government that they will not give up
control of the port. -The port of Djibouti is owned and controlled by Djibouti,
100%, and one of the reasons
why we reclaimed, we don’t want to forfeit
our sovereignty to any party. Our sole intention is to build
an economic future for our population. For us, ports are the one
strategic asset that we have and we treasure it. We will do anything
we can to nurture, to develop them
for the benefit of, not just of Djibouti,
but also of the global shipping system and countries
in the region. -This is entirely plausible. In fact, it’s like a game
of chess in which you can see checkmate
five moves out, and if the United States
does not take some action to reverse it,
in short order, our interests will absolutely
be harmed quite seriously.

David Frank

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100 COMMENTS

  1. Raza Khan Posted on December 24, 2018 at 6:26 am

    The narrator first says US is there to "fight terrorism" then goes on talking about the strategic importance of that location. America has exploited "terrorism" to expand its bases, just like it has exploited other things to expand all over the world. It has little to do with fighting "terrorism", its more about controlling the important port.

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  2. Sarah Libogoma Posted on December 24, 2018 at 6:46 am

    America should just stick to their stupidity and keep pulling out…….Africa in particular is super tired of America and his allies whatsoever.
    Let Djibouti live and breathe.

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  3. W J Posted on December 24, 2018 at 7:35 am

    Hmmm sounds suspiciously like Poroshenko and all that money he owes to the IMF/EU/NATO fir their failed coup. Luckily some rejoined the Russian Federation and their economies are doing fine and no Martial Law unlike the Ukraine dictator Poroshenko and Kiev. Sorry US while you squandered your money and geopolitical footing around the world fighting illegal wars your enemies took advantage of your ego and stupidity…

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  4. campkira Posted on December 24, 2018 at 7:47 am

    If you worry ever port in the world. You going to run out of budget to do anything.

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  5. snakecharmer2011 Posted on December 24, 2018 at 8:23 am

    AMERICA HAS OVER 800 TO A THOUSAND MILITARY BASES, ALL OVER THE PLANET AND CHINA HAS ONLY ONE, AND THE AMERICANS GET ANGRY???

    HAHAHAHA.

    COULD YOU IMAGINE IF CHINA HAD A THOUSAND BASES RIGHT NOW, THERE WOULD BE OUTRAGE, INSECURITY AND JEALOUSY THE WORLD HAS NEVER SEEN!! LOL.

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  6. panda Lee Posted on December 24, 2018 at 8:35 am

    Why does the United States always have to suppress our technology? The U.S. military has used our drones and has never encountered any problems.

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  7. Romeo Toro Posted on December 24, 2018 at 8:39 am

    America fucked up but it is a million times better than china. And the chinese and other countrys use a lot of media with anti american propoganda 90% of the world only sees the bad side of america and fake good side of china

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  8. nicholas song Posted on December 24, 2018 at 8:42 am

    It is just the America interest that they concern not about that country if you see the way their speak

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  9. Romeo Toro Posted on December 24, 2018 at 8:43 am

    Just think why would china spend trillions of dollars and use chinese workers and companys only to build them knowing they will never get paid u really think they r really generous stupid fucks keep hating white people and west

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  10. Dr.Fathi Daher Posted on December 24, 2018 at 8:48 am

    after IOG,all will back soon. freedom is best

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  11. john smith Posted on December 24, 2018 at 8:56 am

    To not your beauty, it’s Djibouti!

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  12. ndoro bei Posted on December 24, 2018 at 9:14 am

    The ultra rich Arab emirs can teach Djibouti how not end up like venezuela or south sudan. The emirs are very clever at trade and politic that even American politicians cant weaken them. Learn from them. Do they choose to become the next south sudan and venezuela? Or ultra rich Dubai and Qatar? The richest cities on earth is not new york, paris or london but Abu Dabi. Look it up. Let me see if you can build modern and ultra rich cities with your oil like those emirati cities.

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  13. Mohammed Alam Posted on December 24, 2018 at 9:51 am

    Send Bonespur Trump, Facists John Bolton and Mike Pompeo to the front line to fight wars created and are being created by them.

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  14. Richard Teh Posted on December 24, 2018 at 9:59 am

    American are afraid Djibouti will prosper in a peaceful development

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  15. DJ Tan Posted on December 24, 2018 at 10:25 am

    Seriously, all I'm hearing is amerikkkan paranoia. With 800 military bases around d world…I dunno…

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  16. Steny Ethan Mathews Posted on December 24, 2018 at 10:26 am

    I hope Washington Post sees the comments lmao

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  17. Yun Fu Posted on December 24, 2018 at 10:35 am

    Lol who cares , when are they not worried about something

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  18. Abban A Posted on December 24, 2018 at 11:02 am

    Africa destroyed by USA and western countries and never help in developing any regions in the continent . Why African now would stop China from developing its economy and helping Africa?
    Where were America and Europe when Africa was in need for help?
    USA only cares about its power and always supported a dictator regimes to facilitate stealing African resources .

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  19. Erigavo News Posted on December 24, 2018 at 11:16 am

    Djibouti and China are friends, Usa brings in drones China brings trains, ports, fredzone, and trade, Djibouti and China will work together.

    Reply
  20. Lithostheory Posted on December 24, 2018 at 11:26 am

    Well, it's Americas fault for being so dependent on a single asset…

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  21. إنتحاري Posted on December 24, 2018 at 11:58 am

    It's a perfect target

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  22. Asthra Nick Posted on December 24, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    Inflo and access of US army to supply weaponary to Africa countries. Divide & rule.
    Should be happy to work with their Chinese counterpart.
    China is here to foster African development. That vision is not seen with the Americans.

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  23. King Crusader Posted on December 24, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    Our troops need to be brought home to protect our own borders and territory. Hopefully the Djibouti government kicks the US military out. It time to end the empire game and focus on improving the infrastructure and lives of Americans. The deficit is massive and its the time of America First….

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  24. Tariq Rahman Posted on December 24, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    Counter terrorism? The us are the biggest terrorists in the world.

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  25. Jorge Gomez Posted on December 24, 2018 at 6:30 pm

    the stock of beer is low?

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  26. Sheraz Malik Posted on December 24, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    The problem for the US is that their China containment policy has backfired terribly. Scaremongering isn't working either. The world is wide awake.

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  27. Giant's Milk Posted on December 24, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    The terrifying Judeo-American empire is loosing ground to another terrifying (upcoming) empire. Why should we care? Its not like the US ever cared about other countries other than if it was in the Judeo-American elite interest?

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  28. ozzy Posted on December 24, 2018 at 9:56 pm

    if you'd watch China uncensored you'd know already that China is coming for all of us

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  29. ozzy Posted on December 24, 2018 at 10:00 pm

    they can put up a no fly zone and fly Chinese jets all over that air space. to be fair we do that ALL THE TIME . now we know how other countries feel. US has over 800 military bases (not including classified) . let that sink in.

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  30. StreetArtillery Posted on December 24, 2018 at 10:03 pm

    Djibouti is free to make its own decisions in its best interest. If USA doesnt want that port to fall into China hands then buy it. Pay the debt owned to China and buy the port or even simplier….build your own

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  31. nqobile madziba Posted on December 24, 2018 at 10:45 pm

    World war 3 finna happen in africa

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  32. L wal Posted on December 24, 2018 at 10:47 pm

    and how did the US get their base in Djibouti ?

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  33. D Posted on December 25, 2018 at 12:34 am

    Everyone in this video are a bunch of idiots.

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  34. krazibon3 Posted on December 25, 2018 at 12:37 am

    US has many concerns with other peoples matters except their own.. lol

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  35. John Koh Posted on December 25, 2018 at 12:53 am

    US is afraid of its shadow.

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  36. Descendant of Dragon Posted on December 25, 2018 at 1:31 am

    America has more than 800 military bases in more than 120 countries…
    did anyone worry about it?

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  37. Steven David Stoffers Posted on December 25, 2018 at 1:49 am

    you ain't gonna be able to finance any of those Amerikeen soldier boys much longer anyways. one trillion dollah a year deficits with 60 million World War 2 boomers retiring and needing their benefits has "implications" for the "defense department". just maybe???? I think so. let China come in. the world's new policeman.

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  38. Over Crank Posted on December 25, 2018 at 2:18 am

    What about american military base all around the globe?

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  39. Hcaz Htims Posted on December 25, 2018 at 2:21 am

    I’ve been there that place IS SUCH A SHITHOLE NOT EVEN WORTH IT

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  40. Nettle Boyss Sunvanbeen Posted on December 25, 2018 at 2:31 am

    Every where China goes Americunt keeps shadow and spy on China just liked Huawei cfo.

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  41. Walkertongdee Posted on December 25, 2018 at 2:45 am

    Shiek Djbooty started this mess.

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  42. 可舟Lighter Posted on December 25, 2018 at 2:59 am

    American officials worries about everything that not belong to American officials.

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  43. MotokoX Posted on December 25, 2018 at 3:26 am

    担心担心 美国你什么都爱担心 世界警察 霸权主义

    Reply
  44. john walker Posted on December 25, 2018 at 3:42 am

    that port belongs to the USA

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  45. Max Alexandrov Posted on December 25, 2018 at 4:00 am

    The US owes so much money to China. Controlling this location doesn’t pay a fraction of what that amount is. As a matter of fact, the US controlling that “strategic” location has done absolutely nothing to even help with paying its debt to China. What Trump is doing is focusing on things going on inside America, because we see how being focused on the outside of the US has influenced our politicians(the Clinton’s). There’s so many things “wrong” going on with this desperate attempt for an argument. It really seems that The Washington post is willing to even use an African-American to try and reach/sway an Audience and their attention to their side of a political agenda. No offense to anybody of African-American background, not that I feel I have said something offensive but with everybody being so hyper sensitive about every little thing nowadays, you can never be sure how people are gonna respond.

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  46. zhmz888 Posted on December 25, 2018 at 4:43 am

    before american came to power of the world stage..their claim was to share with other powers with same status…but now they started to worry about others who is coming to have the same idea with them..to share on equality and fairness??? makes me laugh..

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  47. Kay y. Hong Posted on December 25, 2018 at 4:47 am

    Why shouldn't the world be worried about American military presence all over the world? One Chinese base in Djibouti can cause so much panic!

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  48. B1is Supreme Posted on December 25, 2018 at 4:47 am

    And that Douale guy sounds like a collaborator.

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  49. Michael C. Z. Posted on December 25, 2018 at 5:05 am

    the unconcerned parties are so concerned for the property owner? hahaha, this is marxism, love and show your concern to your neighbors 10,000 miles away and further.

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  50. Mae Mae Posted on December 25, 2018 at 5:22 am

    China always seek to plays nice games with their interest.

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  51. Ben Hendricks Posted on December 25, 2018 at 5:24 am

    It probably has something to do with G.O.D. (gold, oil, drugs).

    Reply
  52. James L Posted on December 25, 2018 at 5:42 am

    Lease out land is actually a great option for weaker nations who needs development…

    China was once very weak, poor. In the end Macau and Hong Kong was leased out.
    Now those areas are well developed, brings in skilled workers, high quality university professionals… Great benefit for China in the end, also at the time 1980s when China was developing her economy, those area supplied skilled professional, factories, into China.

    Same happens with Greece who leased out her x2 terminals of a port to China, that port advanced 50 places in world cargo turnover for Greece (that's income $) in 3 years time!

    Same for East Europe Belarus of her own decision "invited" China in to develop her "prime land" leased out to China 90+yrs!
    Sri Lanka, Pakistan did same when they have financial issues…
    The government in Pakistan see this as an opportunity.

    What West especially US say is bad, in fact can comes to a beneficial win-win for both parties, weaker and developing nations to develop, using the other's strengths and for the other China to expand economically and her BRI …

    Leasing land is NOT taking land just like Hong Kong, Macao was returned…
    IMHO China will also honour her agreement with the same

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  53. Advant Garde Posted on December 25, 2018 at 5:49 am

    China is building roads, bridges and infrastructures while US building military base and supplying weapons to African "freedom fighters" and China is the threat. Hah….

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  54. Advant Garde Posted on December 25, 2018 at 5:51 am

    For those feels threatened by China over the debt. Let me tell you one or two, the only way a nation can force you to pay your debt by giving your sovereignty is nation that have military power, and that my friend is the mother of all evil.

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  55. jawadad802 Posted on December 25, 2018 at 5:56 am

    hey let's talk about Diego Garcia… an atoll seized by the british in the Indian ocean, depopulated and occupied and then given in perpetual loan to the US….

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  56. Belus Traveller Foreign Once Posted on December 25, 2018 at 6:03 am

    Not Worried, False Reporting, Merry Christmas

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  57. Leo Geekiyanage Posted on December 25, 2018 at 6:31 am

    SO its ok for the US to have 196 military bases around the world but when its done by China or Russia its a no no. Hypocrites. when USA gunning for war that's what happens and western media hegemony helping USAs warmongering efforts.

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  58. Unknown Posted on December 25, 2018 at 7:00 am

    I smell world war 3

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  59. hillary tarus Posted on December 25, 2018 at 7:11 am

    Yah Americans just worrigot e about your military bases and maintaining your dominance all over the world not the locals .

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  60. youkesh100 Posted on December 25, 2018 at 11:00 am

    Usa usa usa…. Africas americans we worship the same obammy

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  61. Ras Putin Posted on December 25, 2018 at 3:51 pm

    Go home Yankees!

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  62. pokenei Posted on December 25, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    It restricts US hegemony in the region.

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  63. jojoinhere Posted on December 25, 2018 at 6:30 pm

    The more propaganda white man throw at the world the faster they are falling from their pedestal.

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  64. jojoinhere Posted on December 25, 2018 at 6:30 pm

    No more land will be stolen by white man no matter what propaganda they say

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  65. David Wilson Posted on December 25, 2018 at 9:11 pm

    In the future China will be the top dog..if all the Asian countries joined forces..they could rule the world. NO TROLL…….

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  66. Deathless Posted on December 25, 2018 at 9:26 pm

    Hosting Americans in your country, good. Hosting China, oh no debt trap. Lol, whatever man

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  67. Deathless Posted on December 25, 2018 at 9:27 pm

    We must invade Djibouti to prevent it from falling into Chinese hands… the irony of that is just overwhelming

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  68. STRIX GAMING Posted on December 25, 2018 at 9:39 pm

    China build US not very simple equation africa need builders

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  69. ir killer Posted on December 25, 2018 at 9:57 pm

    look at all these comment section patriots in here, internet freedom fighters

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  70. Colma B Posted on December 26, 2018 at 12:28 am

    America is what happens when leaders fall for their own rhetoric

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  71. MrSwj2009 ____ Posted on December 26, 2018 at 2:23 am

    We really need to control 99% of the world. OMG, please let's build more bases we don't have enough… we are going to die!!!!

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  72. Tiefkühlen Posted on December 26, 2018 at 2:48 am

    The Djiboutians can do whatever they want with their own ports

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  73. Franchise The Myth Posted on December 26, 2018 at 7:04 am

    We trust the Chinese. We don't want white men back here especially by force. Americans and Europeans once enslaved us. I hope our politicians won't fall for this shity western propaganda against China

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  74. Water & Sky Posted on December 27, 2018 at 12:11 am

    Lol, the USA are sour, because the Chinese are winning in Africa by simply being a decent partner. Just look at the results of their stay in Africa and it is obvious:

    The USA bombs and destroys and then steals your gold, diamonds and oil. The Chinese, on the other hand, will build whatever you want, such as infrastructure, mega dams, ports, etc. in exchange for these same goods — in other words, they pay fair prices. I know who I'd rather trade with!

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  75. Jobie J Posted on December 28, 2018 at 3:02 am

    D djonouti government dragged d pple into dis mess by signing d contract in bad faith. Now China will take advantage just like all foreign countries take advantage of d corruption caused by our African government.

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  76. roy romano Posted on December 31, 2018 at 5:57 am

    The USA gives Africa billions a year, more than any other country in aid. Let's just stop giving them aid. Let the fly's cover thier faces and fill thier belly's. I can tell you, China is not interested in humanitarian efforts.

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  77. Alexpx ThreeTen Posted on December 31, 2018 at 5:52 pm

    Very disappointing video. Has nothing to do with booty.

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  78. Ben Damon Posted on January 1, 2019 at 9:08 am

    The US wants to get all up in Djibouti!!!

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  79. Blado Posted on January 1, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    There's a reason China is investing so heavily in Africa. US should as well before we lose out on the support of many great countries and future economic powerhouses.

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  80. EpixDevo Posted on January 1, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    Shipping port for merchant marines coming from china

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  81. Ahmed Ibrahim Hassan haji Ali Posted on January 1, 2019 at 6:26 pm

    Djibouti a small smart enough country.

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  82. Aiman Ghaz Posted on January 1, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    prime example of modern days colonisation

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  83. Hans Gruber Posted on January 2, 2019 at 2:02 pm

    Why are the comments here so ignorant

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  84. leeo268 Posted on January 2, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    Why whine so much, US can buy the port if they are willing to pay a better price.

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  85. MikeCharlieAlpha Posted on January 2, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    News Flash no one believes you Djibouti because your political appointees are corrupt

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  86. Kaab Awan Posted on January 2, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    Modern day imperialism

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  87. Gilgamesh Posted on January 2, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    You do know if we ever engaged China, Russia would join in. Another world war.

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  88. Meklow The Lemur Posted on January 3, 2019 at 12:40 am

    DUDE CHINAS GOING AROUND DOING WHAT THE WEST DID TO THEM 100 + YEARS AGO BUT TO AFRICA AND EAST, HAHAHAH, WELL AT LEAST THEY TOOK A LESSON

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  89. Samudra Posted on January 3, 2019 at 4:39 am

    When you have 600 bases in the world, but you complain about one base by another country.

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  90. Steph. Mere. Posted on January 5, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    Too much corruption from African politicians…..way too much…stop blaming others actions for your ignorance…..these africans politicians are too greedy

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  91. Samantha Hymen Posted on January 8, 2019 at 8:22 am

    This is fear mongering

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  92. President of the World Posted on January 8, 2019 at 9:06 am

    Africa is the next conquest for the Illuminat. Total conquest of resources to grow the global domination of the world

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  93. Louis Napoleon Posted on January 8, 2019 at 11:05 pm

    The Chinese do not leave behind a trail of death and destruction wherever they go. Such a contrast to USA, France, Germany and Britain.

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  94. Diesel Ramcharger Posted on January 14, 2019 at 3:14 am

    Simple Answer. globalism.

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  95. Belia Luedke Posted on February 6, 2019 at 2:32 am

    Excellent video. ☺️

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  96. nyhotelpilot Posted on March 10, 2019 at 1:45 pm

    The illegitimate regime of Xi Jin Ping which has enslaved Uighirs, Tibetans and looks to forcibly seize territory controlled by the legitimate government of China (Taiwan) is up to dirty tricks in Africa, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and even South America

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  97. ADHD Posted on May 11, 2019 at 11:52 am

    Go away America you are evil war monger country

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  98. MO A Posted on June 23, 2019 at 3:59 pm

    The End of Djibouti is near this what Djiboutien people's don't know why the emirate was interesting to open a port in Djibouti, because the USA was blocking the Chinese. And stay freely to bomb yeman and somali from Camp limonier.🤔🤔🤔🗣

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  99. Jarrod Yuki Posted on September 10, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    china deserves to become a rival superpower to the US.

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