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Q&A: Africa’s Role in China’s Global Military Expansion – Defense Expert Unpacks a Thorny Issue

The head of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Admiral John Aquilino, on Tuesday added to the growing alarm in Washington DC defense circles about the global reach of China’s military.  Speaking in front of the House Appropriations defense subcommittee, Aquilino ...

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Q&A: Africa’s Role in China’s Global Military Expansion – Defense Expert Unpacks a Thorny Issue

The head of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Admiral John Aquilino, on Tuesday added to the growing alarm in Washington DC defense circles about the global reach of China’s military. 

Speaking in front of the House Appropriations defense subcommittee, Aquilino said China is building capacity to seize Taiwan, and: “The PRC also seeks to establish a network of overseas military installations that would extend its reach, allowing support for an increasingly ...

Is China Planning a New Military Base in Africa? New Paper Weighs the Options

Rumors that China is planning another military base in Africa are rife in Washington at the moment. Now a new paper by Paul Nantulya, a noted expert on Africa-China military links, was published by the Pentagon-aligned Africa Center for Strategic Studies. It unpacks ...

Military Links Between China and Iran More Than Meets the Eye

The visit to Iran by China’s defense minister Wei Fenghe in late April was more than a routine meeting. A new article by the defense experts Tuvia Gering and Jason M. Brodsky argues that it signaled closer military links including on drones, arms trade, and intelligence and ...

U.S. and India Could Be Behind Anti-Chinese Terrorist Attack in Pakistan: Chinese Expert

A prominent Chinese expert on South Asia said the United States and India may have been involved in the suicide bombing that killed three Chinese employees of the Confucius Center in Karachi, Pakistan.  Liu Zongyi, the Secretary-General ...

Chinese Troops in Djibouti Compete in a Military Skills Competition (That Also Made For a Cool Music Video)

Chinese troops in Djibouti recently (they didn't specify precisely when) held the "East African Warriors" military skills competition and leveraged the event to make a Wolf Warrior II-style music video that was no doubt a big hit among viewers back home. ...

Misinformation About South African Teacher’s Mysterious Death in Shanghai and Unsubstantiated Reports About Chinese Missiles in Zimbabwe

Speculation is now swirling on Twitter and other social media platforms about what caused the death of 29-year-old teacher Nomaqocwa Blackie who was found in her Shanghai apartment last Monday. There are a growing number of reports that ...

DRC Military Officials Are Learning Chinese

The Congolese Military Language Institute will set up a Confucius Institute classroom to help soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo to learn Chinese. This follows a recent announcement that the Sudanese army is also implementing the teaching of Mandarin. ...

Sudan’s First Confucius Institute Strengthens Military Ties

The Sudanese army is going to learn to speak Chinese! Well, at least a small contingent will. This follows the opening of the country’s first Confucius Institute at the University of Khartoum this week. The CI’s inaugural class will be made ...

This Year’s U.S.-African Land Forces Summit Was Partially Intended to Persuade African Militaries Not to Partner With China and Russia

Generals and other high-ranking officers from 40 African armies traveled to the southern United States last month to watch the U.S. Army show off its latest weapons and tactics. The week-long event at the sprawling army base at Fort Benning in ...

Why Are Australians So Freaked Out About China’s Security Deal With the Solomon Islands? Because They Saw What Happened in Djibouti

China's promises that its new security pact with the Solomon Islands is not a precursor to the PLA building a new military installation in the South Pacific carry very little weight with Australian analysts who say they've heard these same assurances before. ...

Rear Admiral Gives the Clearest Hint to Date About Why the U.S. Is So Concerned About a Chinese Military Base in West Africa

One of the Pentagon's most senior military officers for Africa provided the clearest indication so far as to why the United States is becoming increasingly anxious over the purported Chinese ambition to build a military outpost somewhere along Africa's Atlantic coast, most likely in Equatorial Guinea.
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