Military Capabilities

AFRICOM commander concerned by Chinese influence in Djibouti

07 March 2018

The US military’s operations in Africa could be seriously impacted if China gained control over Djibouti’s port, General Thomas Waldhauser, the head of Africa Command (AFRICOM), told the House Armed Services Committee on 6 March.

Djibouti’s government announced in February that it had cancelled DP World’s contract to operate the Doralah Container Terminal, citing a poor performance by the Dubai-based company and its development of rival ports in the region. DP World has said it will take action against the decision.

Gen Waldhauser told the House Armed Services Committee that Djibouti took the decision because it needed the revenue generated by the port to repay its debt to China, which he said might amount to USD1.2 billion.

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