Deepening Military Ties Solidify China’s Ambitions in Africa

Editor’s note: This is one in a series of articles looking at Chinese involvement in Africa.

Since late June, top military officials from Mali, Sierra Leone, South Sudan and dozens of other African countries have gathered to discuss defense strategies and security threats.

The meeting didn’t take place in a major African city, but thousands of kilometers away, in Beijing, China.

The occasion was the inaugural China-Africa Defense and Security Forum, a high-profile showcase of expanding military partnerships hosted by China’s Ministry of National Defense.

The forum, which concluded July 11, solidifies China’s standing as a key security partner for Africa and coincides with a raft of economic and political moves that have deepened its involvement across the continent.

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