Chinese Naval Base in Djibouti and Chinese Imperialism In The Horn Of Africa

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Since the establishment of the base, there have been numerous accusations, made mainly by US administration officials, that it is an attempt of an expansion into the Indian Ocean. In April 2021, US Africa Command commander Gen. Stephen Townsend indicated during a hearing before Congress that China is expanding the port to accommodate aircraft carriers in the future. However, according to the Communiqué of the Chinese government, the base is intended to fulfill international obligations by providing humanitarian aid, supporting Chinese peacekeeping operations in Africa, assisting in ongoing anti-piracy missions as well as maintaining peace and stability in the region.

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The Shuidong Connection – Exposing The Global Hub For Illegal Ivory Trades – Original Document

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China's legal ivory trade is 'dying' as prices fall - China Dialogue

An Environmental Investigation Agency investigation in Mozambique revealed a Chinese-led criminal syndicate which for over two decades has been trafficking ivory from Africa to Shuidong, its hometown in southern China. According to this syndicate, it is just one of about 10 to 20 similar groups originating from Shuidong. Their criminal exploits reveal how their small hometown has become, and remains, the world’s largest hub for ivory trafficking: the group claims up to 80 percent of tusks from poached elephants in Africa pass through Shuidong. China has taken significant steps to close its legal domestic ivory market in the past year. This is a positive move by a country with one of the biggest ivory markets and demonstrates leadership and pragmatism. However, there remain serious questions on the lack of enforcement in China, and abroad, against Chinese nationals deeply involved in the illegal ivory trade, who continue to operate with complete impunity.

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