When General Stephen Townsend reported on the latest findings by US forces in the US Senate a few weeks ago, he aimed to leave no room for doubts. China is building a platform in the Horn of Africa with which it can exert lasting influence over the entire continent and the surrounding areas. China's activities in Djibouti represent the most significant threat currently posed by the People's Republic, the supreme commander of US forces in Africa warned in Washington in mid-April.
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