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.