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China-Africa 101: Sino-Indian Competition for Influence in African Indian Ocean Islands

MONEY SHARMA / AFP

In August 2017, China constructed its first overseas base in Djibouti. This gives considerable advantage to China’s ambitions in the Indian Ocean. As CNN reports, the base is near the Bab el Mandeb Strait which is one of the planet’s busiest shipping lanes and one of the three crucial Indian Ocean arteries.

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