While some politicians have responded with slurs, such as Australia's former foreign minister Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, who said China was funding expensive "useless buildings" ”, “Roads to Barrens”, and building “to hell as hell” construction projects, but more positive action has already been done. In Australia, these actions include boosting aid to the area, laying expensive underground pipelines (to deter Chinese contractors from doing it) and vetting a $38 billion deal to buy French Twelve new submarines. Such moves—such as the decision to spend $7 billion on a fleet of small drones—are designed to compete with China in the future.
"Understanding who is operating in our region and, Image Manipulation Service if necessary, responding to any threats," said Australian Defence Minister Christopher Pyne. "It is a very important thing." The extent of this concern can also be clearly seen in the Defence Strategy Policy Statement issued by the New Zealand government in July 2018. "New Zealand is navigating an increasingly complex and ever-changing international security environment," the document said. "We will face a complex challenge of a scale and size that our region has never seen before."
This is the prelude to the proposed signing of a security agreement with Australia and a number of Pacific nations, driven primarily by China's There is increasing activity in this area. The competition in Djibouti, one of many nations that is playing a modern-day version of the Great Game, is even sharper and more direct. Djibouti is located in the Horn of Africa between the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea (connected to the Suez Canal), and has an important strategic position, through which 30% of the world's maritime traffic passes through each year. France has had a military base here since Djibouti gained independence from France in 1977. The country was previously a French colony for over a century, and the French garrison has played an important role in the country's security, but also in East Africa.