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[AUDIO] There are a lot more Chinese soldiers in Africa today… and likely more to come

Over the past five years the Chinese military presence in Africa has undergone a profound change. Until 2012, the Chinese were happy to play a low-key support role in multinational peacekeeping operations on the continent, preferring to send military engineers and medical staff rather than deploy combat forces. Today, that is no longer the case. China is in fact the ... Read More »

[AUDIO] China’s diplomatic dilemma: protecting its people and property overseas

Chinese special operations forces are training in the Western deserts of Xinjiang in complex search and rescue missions, in environments that closely resemble North Africa or certain parts of the Middle East. These newly-trained military forces have recently been empowered by a new counter-terrorism law passed in December that grants the Chinese military authority to venture overseas to protect endangered ... Read More »

[AUDIO] China’s expanding military presence in Africa

China is steadily expanding its military footprint in Africa, highlighted by the recent deployment of 700 combat-ready troops to join a multinational peacekeeping operation in South Sudan. In all, the People’s Liberation Army and Navy now have an estimated 2,700 soldiers, sailors, engineers and medical staff stationed across the continent. The number of troops deployed in Africa is extremely small, ... Read More »

[AUDIO] China’s booming Africa trade in torture devices

Amnesty International and the Omega Research Foundation recently published a new report that alleges China is selling hundreds of millions of dollars in so-called ‘torture tools’ to African governments. Despite mounting evidence these devices are being used to commit severe human rights abuses, little is being done to regulate or limit their sale. Patrick Wilcken is a security trade and ... Read More »

[AUDIO] China halts arms sales to S. Sudan (wait, what?)

In June, China’s ambassador to Juba publicly declared that Beijing would not sell weapons to any side of the ongoing civil conflict in South Sudan. So it was a bit of a surprise when it was discovered that $38 million of weapons had been sold by the Chinese state-owned weapons company Norinco to the South Sudanese government. Now, in September, ... Read More »

[AUDIO] Reporter’s Notebook: CCTV Africa’s special reports from the DRC

CCTV Africa multimedia journalist Clementine Logan recently completed a series of special reports from the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Part of her assignment was to report on the increasingly large presence of Chinese soldiers assigned to the UN peacekeeping effort there, which until now, has received surprisingly little international media coverage. Clementine joins us to discuss her recent assignment ... Read More »

[AUDIO] Terrorism: US & China’s common enemy in Africa

While US and Chinese interests often have divergent interests in Africa, they do share at least one common enemy: terrorism. Chinese nationals have been kidnapped and held for ransom in a number of African countries including South Sudan, Egypt and now in Cameroon where Nigerian-militants believed to be members of Boko Haram are holding three Chinese hostages. Dr. Ross Anthony ... Read More »

China/Tunisia: grants and cooperation in development projects and military procurements

According to the Tunisian news agency TAP, the Chinese ambassador Bian Yuanhua and the Tunisian defence minister Rachid Sabbagh signed a 8MTD ($4.8M) Chinese grant to Tunisia. This agreement, which was signed on the 2nd of December, will be used for military procurements for the National Army to fight against terrorism and illegal activities. During this meeting, the Tunisian minister ... Read More »

Djibouti welcomes China to build a military base [TRANSLATION]

Chinese President Hu Jintao and Djibouti's President Ismail Omar Guelleh review a guard of honor in Beijing, capital of China, July 18, 2012.

Djibouti welcomes China to build a military base 吉布提欢迎中国来建基地 Published 2013-03-11 on the Global Times’ Chinese-language website By Global Times Special Correspondents to Djibouti Jiang Anquan and Zhang Jianbo Looking out the window as the plane descends into Djibouti International Airport you can see military planes from Western countries at a short distance away. Some are parked while some are ... Read More »

Leading Africa expert in China: French intervention in Mali “was necessary”

The China Africa Project conducted the following interview with Dr. He Wenping, director of African Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, as a follow-up to our podcast discussion with her. CAP: It seems that many Chinese social scientists conduct research that mainly focuses on China’s development experience and the Chinese economy. Is there a lot of interest among ... Read More »