- SUDAN: With the approval of the construction of a naval hub in Port Sudan (see GGN November 2020) Russia will extend military reach in the strategically important Red Sea, a disputed zone between China, Russia and the Western powers. China, now Russia’s partner for plans for Africa, opened its first overseas military base in Djibouti which gives also a prominent presence in the Red Sea. It seems no coincidence that the Trump administration announced last month that it was lifting decades of sanctions off the Sudanese government.
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