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Burkina Faso operating Chinese self-propelled guns and mortars

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Burkina Faso’s military has acquired Norinco WMA301 fire support vehicles fitted with 105 mm guns from China, as well as Norinco 81 mm CS/SM1...

Scramble for the Sahel – why France, Russia, China and the...

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The Sahel, a region 3,860km wide located south of the Sahara Desert and stretching east-west across the African continent, has been a focus of...

Agaléga, India’s semi-secret Indian Ocean naval base

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India has been quietly turning an Indian Ocean tropical island into a strategic naval outpost. The Indian Ocean island is one of two Agaléga islands...

South Africa hosts China-South Africa Defence Committee

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South Africa has hosted the ninth meeting of the China-South Africa Defence Committee, which marks a continuation of the close defence ties between the...

Algerian Army Chief of Staff visits China with a view to...

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Defence ties between Algiers and Beijing are as old as the Algerian state itself, with China being a major supporter of the National Liberation...

SAAF Chief and Chinese counterpart meet

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Another indication of the strengthening military relationship between the People’s Republic of China and South Africa was evidenced by a high level visit to...
Admirals meet n Pretoria, Vice Admiral Monde Lobese and PLAN CoS, Vice Admiral Hu Zhongming.

PLAN CoS meets CSAN

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Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) Chief of Staff, Vice Admiral Hu Zhongming, has paid a courtesy call to SA Navy (SAN) Chief at...

Shining a spotlight on China’s Type 054A guided missile frigate CNS...

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The Chinese Navy frigate CNS Sanya arrived at the V&A Waterfront harbour in Cape Town on 24 July for a three-day visit as part...

A look at recent Cape Town visitor, PLAN replenishment ship Weishanhu

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Any naval flotilla that is operating far from home, and carrying out long, tedious, patrols is always going to come up against their endurance,...

Arrival of Chinese Navy taskforce in Cape Town a sign of...

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The arrival, in Cape Town, of a flotilla of warships of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), better known today as the Chinese Navy,...

SA Navy chief pledges ship visit to China

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The South African Navy (SAN) is undergoing a rebuilding and maintenance phase to get its vessels out to sea and once this is completed,...

Three Chinese Navy ships to visit Cape Town next week

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Another visit to Cape Town by ships of the Chinese Navy will take place this weekend. On Sunday 23 July the destroyer Nanning 162, the...

SANDF chief visiting China as PLA delegation arrives in South Africa

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Chief of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), General Rudzani Maphwanya, is in Beijing where he is meeting with China’s defence minister General...

Test Flying Academy of SA disappointed by US sanctions

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The Test Flying Academy of South Africa (TFASA) has said it is disappointed that the United States has, without consultation, put it on a...

Sudan conflict: how China and Russia are involved and the differences...

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As clashes continue between the Sudanese military and rapid support forces, the current and historic role of foreign governments in Sudanese affairs is under...

China’s policing models make inroads in Africa

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China’s expanded police engagements in Africa could have potentially far-reaching consequences for African security governance. Ugandan Special Forces and over 30 Chinese commandos conducted a...

Mali takes delivery of new armoured vehicles, including Chinese APCs

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Mali’s armed forces (FAMA) have commissioned into service dozens of military vehicles, including Chinese armoured and all-terrain vehicles, as the country continues to build...

Algerian Navy takes delivery of Chinese-built corvette

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Three years after placing an order with China’s Hudong Zhonghua Shipbuilding Group, the Algerian Navy has taken delivery of a single Type 056 corvette. The...

US Republican lawmakers launch bill denouncing South Africa’s naval exercises with...

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On 21 February, a new piece of legislation was introduced in the United States Congress — in the House of Representatives — by Representative...

No Zircon missile firing for Exercise Mosi II

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Exercise Mosi II between the South African, Russian and Chinese navies will see five intensive days of sea and alongside activities, but no hypersonic...

Zimbabwe turns to Chinese technology to expand surveillance of citizens

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In early 2021, Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa officially opened the country’s National Data Center, proclaiming the Chinese-built data hub key to the country’s economic...

SANDF confirms Ex Mosi going ahead with Russia, China

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Mosi, the second tri-nation naval exercise to be held in South African waters with Chinese and Russian participation, is going ahead in five weeks'...

Nigerian Navy receives donated patrol boat from China

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The Nigerian Navy has taken delivery of a 46 metre long patrol boat donated by the People’s Republic of China. The vessel was handed over...

Second Russian/Chinese/SA naval exercise set for February

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Today (Friday, 4 November) sees the conclusion of the main planning conference for a second tri-nation naval exercise involving China, Russia and South Africa. South...

Malawi receives two MA600 aircraft from China

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The Malawi Defence Force has taken delivery of two MA600 transport aircraft from the China National Aero-Technology Import and Export Corporation (CATIC). The aircraft were...

Chinese private security firms are growing their presence in Africa: why...

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Chinese private security companies have found a profitable niche market in Africa: guarding Chinese executives and construction sites. They’re also securing Chinese vessels at...

China donates vehicles, military equipment to Somalia

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China has donated nearly $5 million worth of military hardware, including vehicles, to Somalia to assist the country in its fight against terrorism. The vehicles...

US general says China is seeking a naval base in West...

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The Chinese are activity seeking a naval base in Africa on the Atlantic coast, which would threaten US national security, United States Army General...

Africom concerned about Chinese expansion into Africa

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The US military’s Africa Command says it is concerned about Chinese expansion into Africa and instances where China is exploiting African countries. General Stephen J...

China turns to PMCs to protect its workers and BRI investments...

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Through its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), China has placed tens of thousands of workers in Africa to build Chinese-financed BRI infrastructure projects across...

Two Chinese nationals killed, others kidnapped in eastern Congo – army

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Two Chinese nationals have been killed and an unknown number of other people kidnapped in an attack by the CODECO militia on a mining...

China’s WZ-7 drone completes successful combat trial – state media

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A new Chinese reconnaissance drone has demonstrated its ability in combat trials to track a surveillance target and fly at high altitude for an...

China builds mockups of US Navy ships in area used for...

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China's military has built mockups in the shape of a US Navy aircraft carrier and other U.S. warships, possibly as training targets, in the...

Mali army frees three kidnapped Chinese construction workers

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Security forces in Mali have freed three Chinese nationals abducted from a construction site in the north of the country in July, the presidency...

Top US general confirms ‘very concerning’ Chinese hypersonic weapons test

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The top US military officer, General Mark Milley, has provided the first official US confirmation of a Chinese hypersonic weapons test that military experts...

China will not be the first to recognise Taliban government, scholar...

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China will not take the lead in recognising Afghanistan's Taliban government and will only do so in a concerted move with Pakistan, Russia and...

China-linked hacking group accessing call records

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A hacking group with suspected ties to China burrowed into mobile telephone networks worldwide and used specialised tools to grab call records and text...

China surprises US with hypersonic missile test, FT reports

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China tested a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile in August, showing a capability that caught US intelligence by surprise, the Financial Times reported, citing five unnamed...

China has won AI battle with US, Pentagon’s ex-software chief says

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China has won the artificial intelligence (AI) battle with the United States and is heading towards global dominance because of its technological advances, the...

China’s high-end military technology touted at biggest air show

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China put on an extravagant display of once-secret high-end military technology at its largest air show this week, while broadcasting its growing ambitions in...

China vaunts air power, civil growth at Zhuhai show

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China touted its expanding military air power and hopes of capturing a growing share of its civil aviation market for domestic producers at a...

China unveils ‘loyal wingman’ armed drone concept

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China on Wednesday revealed a drone concept similar in mission - and appearance - to the US-made Kratos XQ-58A Valkyrie as countries race to...

Nigerian Army may have acquired more CS/VP3 APCs and Type 89...

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The Nigerian Army may have acquired 100 additional CS/VP3 armoured personnel carriers (APCs) from China’s Poly Technologies and Type 89 tracked infantry fighting vehicles...

China’s domestic aviation manufacturers see expansion in post-pandemic boom

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Commercial plane makers touted strong post-pandemic prospects for the Chinese aviation market as the country's largest air show opened on Tuesday, with an increasing...

Chinese smart tech fraught with risk

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Chinese technology firms have been peddling “safe city” and “smart city” packages of technology in Africa for years. Suites of interconnected products and services...

Analysis: As West ponders aid for Afghanistan, China and Pakistan quick...

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As international donors gather in Geneva on Monday to discuss humanitarian relief for Afghanistan under Taliban rule, neighbours China and Pakistan have already reached out...

Rights activists urge Morocco not to extradite Uyghur man to China

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Moroccan human rights activists on Tuesday urged Rabat not to extradite a Uyghur man to China, citing fears he might face arbitrary detention or...

UN arms embargo on CAR extended for year, China abstains

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The United Nations Security Council on Thursday extended a Central African Republic (CAR) arms embargo and targeted sanctions regime for another year, however China...

China says Taliban expected to play ‘important’ Afghan peace role

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China told a visiting Taliban delegation on Wednesday it expected the insurgent group to play an important role in ending Afghanistan's war and rebuilding...

Biden sees cyberattacks as possible precursor to “real shooting war”

President Joe Biden warns if the US ends up in a "real shooting war" with a "major power" it could be the result of...

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