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The Washington Post’s China-Djibouti Story Caught the Attention of U.S. Right-Wing Commentators

Coverage of China-Africa issues is scarce in major U.S. newspapers like The Washington Post, so it was notable last week when WAPO’s Nairobi Bureau Chief Max Bearak published a report on how Beijing’s engagement in the tiny Horn of Africa country Djibouti highlights China’s larger ambitions for Africa as a whole.

The story took more than six months to report and includes some excellent insights from Mahamoud Ali Youssouf, Djibouti’s foreign affairs minister, former U.S. Ambassador David Shinn, and University of Notre Dame China-Africa scholar Joshua Eisenman.

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