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Tuesday, 5 April 2011

From Beijing With Weapons

Zambia Army Commander Lieutenant General Wisdom Lop in Beijing on Saturday with Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie as they sought to "strengthen military cooperation". Why Zambia needs to expand its military cooperation with Beijing I have no idea. What I do know is that Beijing's military foray into Zambia and other African countries continues unabated and the aim appears to challenge western military influence in Africa. We have already seen that after the USA sought to establish Africom (now lingering off the coast of Libya) a number of nations roundly rejected those advances after pressure from Beijing.

An academic study noted that China's military-to-military activities in Africa, including defense attache presence, naval ship visits, arms sales and other missions to support military cooperation are expanding to keep pace with China's growing national interests throughout the region. It is well established that the relationship between economic help and military intervention is inseparable. It is illogical to expect nations that invest billions in other nations, not to back up that investment with some guarantee of security. China's growing integration in Zambia is bound to be accompanied by greater military intervention as it seeks to guarantee its "investment". This is the most worrying aspect of China's reach in Zambia, and we cannot remain blind to it.


  1. The ZAF ZNS and army have all been using Chinese equipment since the 1970s. It is the Rhodesians that had NATO kit so ask yourself - whose side are you on?

  2. No Mr Anonymous ZAF, ZNS and Zambia have used equipment sourced from a number of countries over the years. West Germany, East Germany and Russia have all sold military kit to zambia over the years. Most of the Military trucks (Magirus)used in the 70's were from West Germany. These were replaced by East Germany trucks (IFA)in the 80's. Fighter planes have always been predominantly Russian MIGS. The Chinese planes were only supplied in the 90's.


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