Diplomatist Special Report: West Asia - North Africa 2018 WANA 2018 - Page 43

SPECIAL REPORT The President, Shri Ram Nath Kovind during the state banquet hosted in honour of him by the President of Djibouti, Mr. Ismail Omar Guelleh, at Presidential Palace, in Djibouti on October 04, 2017. that will connect China to Africa, Central Asia, South Asia, South East Asia, Europe and the Middle East. The base will not only be used to combat piracy in the region but will also guard the trade route linking Asia and Europe through the Suez Canal, which China is currently upgrading. Through various infrastructural investments, the signifi cant importance that China has bestowed on the Horn of Africa for their B&R plans has become apparent. Beijing’s infrastructure development in the region preceded the launch of the B&R in 2013. However, following the establishment of the China-centred initiative, infrastructure projects have gained momentum, especially in Djibouti. In addition to the US$ 590 billion military base, China has reportedly signed 14 infrastructural agreements with Djibouti, totalling approximately US$ 9.8 billion. This includes the construction of a massive g&VRG&FRRFRW6b'BF&VGvWr''G2vFW"VƖR&V7Bg&WFBFRFF2&&F&WF&vFR7V'7FFg&7G'V7GW&fW7FVB2FV'BvV6VB'F&WFvWfW"2&V6VFVB26v6W6RFV2&RBVƖPFV2'FW"F2g&6BfRv2&VVb( VB&V( GW&RF&WF2W6WF'6VFpF&WF6( 2"e"26v7V'6WVVFǒ@7G&FVv26FFRvVƗF72b'Fg&6WW&PBFRvW7B6( 27W&R7F&6ǒF֖FVB'FRU26V6r6( 2&W6V6RFRF6V&VvvR6( 2֖ƗF'&6RBFV"fW7FVG2FR&bg&6&RBG&66ǒ&f6FfRFPvVƗF6Ɩ6F2f"F&R66FW&&R6( 0WFrbFV"&FRBƗF6"VV6RFPF6V26VBFVFvRfVVFrFF( 0fV'2b7G&FVv2V6&6VVBB6VvW2FFV W&6VfVB7FGW22FRwV&FbFR&VvVff'G2F6V66( 2w&vr"VV6RFR&VvF6VV0F&Rv&RFBFWVVBF7G&VwFV&VF2vF7FFW0B&VBFRF6VvFFR&bg&6Fr7V67G&FVv2'F6RF2&V6v6rF@FWVVBFWBFV"&W6V6RFR&VvBFWfV&'W7B'FW'62VƖR6F( 2fW7FVG2FR&bg&6&RG'B&^"V7FfRbFV"g&vP&VF6vFFR&VvFVvF&WFVVBV&77FVƆ#BF2FF2&W6V6RV7Bg&6gW'FW&&RF( 2&VF2&R&6VB6V7FFFV"F7&BƖ֗FVBG&FRƖ2WfW'FVW72FR&V6VBf6Bg&FPFVBbvfW&VB2F6FfRbF( 2FW6&Rf &WGFW"V6֖2B7G&FVv2VvvVVBvFF&WF@FRvFW"&bg&6&VvvRF2VƖVǒF6WFRvF6( 2v&vGVg&7G'V7GW&fW7FVG2F67G&VwFV&VF2vFF&WF'G&vrFV"7G&VwF2'&fFr6267G'V7FrVGV6FBVF6f6ƗFW22vV2'&FrFV6wG&6fW'2F2&Vv&BF6&W6VBFV6VfW22FW&FR6fW7FVB'FW"B6&VvF6'fRW@&W6V6RFR&Vvv66VBbFR7G&VwFVpb&VF26FVW2F&R&&F6VB6VRF6WBWFV v֖ƗF'&W6V6RFR&VvࢥFRWF"2FWVFVBvVƗF6Ǘ7BvW7B6'Fg&6( "C0