Horn of Africa

Djibouti: desirable location

Summary: a stable point in a region of deprivation and breakdown, Djibouti is the centre for relief operations for Yemen, and has attracted a cluster of foreign military bases. We will hear more of it.

China and the Middle East

China’s investment and trade in the Middle East and Africa has been growing rapidly. This is part of the world-wide growth of Chinese exports, but specifically reflects the requirement for energy. China is heavily dependent on OPEC producers and expected to overtake the US as the world’s largest oil importer by 2015.

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