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Djibouti eager to be a key link in China's Belt and Road

Foreign minister is aware of the danger of a debt trap, calls level 'manageable'

Djibouti's President Ismail Omar Guelleh and China's President Xi Jinping shake hands before their bilateral meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on September 2.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The foreign minister of Djibouti said the East African country intends to help promote China's Belt and Road Initiative, but is also cautious about overreliance on China in light of Djibouti's ballooning debts linked to Chinese investment.

"If [the initiative] brings wealth, progress, development, we welcome it," said Mahmoud Ali Youssouf in a recent interview with Nikkei.

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