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Why China makes military forays into Africa



However, Djibouti could be just the beginning of China's Africa dream, best reflected in recent China-Africa defence and security forum (June 26 to …
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Comesa defends deals with China


By MICHAEL CHAWE
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The Secretary-General of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa), Mr Sindiso Ngwenya, has refuted claims that the Sino-African relationship is exploitative.

Mr Ngwenya, who has worked for Comesa for 34 years, said the China-Africa relationship has always been based on a win-win basis.

“I recall vividly that during this period [colonial] there were no voices that spoke about the People’s Republic of China supporting the decolonisation and African countries because of self-interest that is based on exploitative relationship,” Mr Ngwenya said when new Chinese ambassador to Zambia and special representative to Comesa Li Jie presented credentials to him at Lusaka headquarters.

“It is therefore disingenuous for those who only yesterday and for…

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China and Djibouti have launched Africa’s biggest free trade zone — Quartz


China was responsible for launching the first phase of Africa’s biggest free trade zone as what’s part of another major step to secure its position as a global trade leader.

On Thursday (July 5), Djibouti opened the first phase of the Djibouti International Free Trade Zone (DIFTZ), a $3.5 billion project that spans an area of 4,800 hectares. The $370 million, 240-hectare pilot zone consists of four industrial clusters which will focus on trade and logistics, export processing, business and financial support services, as well as manufacturing and duty-free merchandise retail. The opening of the zone also coincided with Djibouti’s hosting of the Africa-China Economic Forum, which brought together government officials and the private sector with the aim of promoting economic…

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China and Djibouti open free trade zone in Africa


Despite China’s rocky trade relationship with the U.S. dominating headlines, it has also just seen the opening of a strategic free trade zone it has built in East Africa.

Djibouti, a tiny state located on the Horn of Africa, on Thursday opened the first phase of its Chinese-built International Free Trade Zone. The project, scheduled for completion in a decade, will be the largest of its kind in Africa.

Costing $3.5 billion and ultimately set to span 4,800 hectares, the zone enables users to operate without paying property, income, dividend or value-added taxes. It will be jointly run by the Djibouti Ports and Free Zones Authority and China’s Merchants…

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West jittery as China hosts Africa military chiefs


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Army chiefs from 50 African countries are in the Chinese capital Beijing for a three-week security forum.

The China-Africa Defence and Security Forum that started on June 26, runs till July 12 and is part of the preparations for the launch of a strategic security and military cooperation between Beijing and Africa.

The delegates, the forum details indicate, are discussing a major military roadmap aimed at protecting Chinese interests in the continent as well as improving African’s response to crisis situations.

Opening the discussions, the Chief of the Office for International Military Cooperation at the Central Military Commission, Major General Hu Changming, highlighted the need for understanding and cooperation on security matters between Africa and China….

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Why has China invited African army chiefs to Beijing? | Asia| An in-depth look at news from across the continent | …


China’s economic influence as an investor and trade partner continues to grow in Africa and new strategies are being discussed to ensure the security of Chinese business interests and investments.

Emphasizing Beijing’s strategic interest in Africa, China’s Ministry of National Defense invited high-ranking military representatives from 50 African countries to the first China-Africa Defense and Security Forum. The forum began on Tuesday in Beijing and is set to run until July 10.

Read more: ‘New Silk Road’ and China’s hegemonic ambitions

“Securing trade routes is important for China as Africa’s northeastern coast up to the Suez Canal is a part of the new maritime silk road, which is also a segment of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI),” said Cobus van Staden, a China expert at the South…

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