Focus AFRICA FRANCE Defence Issue dated 30/05/2018

African officers prefer Beijing to Saint-Cyr

China's "infiltration" of Africa's military high commands is less visible than the expansion of its activities in the construction industry but is no less real. It is causing great concern, moreover, to the French government, which is seeing one of its traditional channels of influence on the continent coming under increasing threat. [...] (1060 words)
China's President Xi Jinping and Congo Republic President Denis Sassou Nguesso.
China's President Xi Jinping and Congo Republic President Denis Sassou Nguesso. © Reuters
China's "infiltration" of Africa's military high commands is less visible than the expansion of its activities in the construction industry but is no less real. It is causing great concern, moreover, to the French government, which is seeing one of its traditional channels of influence on the continent coming under increasing threat. [...] (1060 words)
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