China makes big inroads into African defence market

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    China makes big inroads into African defence market

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    China is making increasing inroads into the African defence market with up to two-thirds of militaries on the continent now using its equipment.

    According to data in the latest annual edition of The Military Balance, produced by the London based International Institute of Security Studies (IISS), and a report this week from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), a rapid rise in Chinese military transfers to the continent has been underway since 2005.

    The value of Chinese defence transfers to Africa rose by over 63 percent in real terms from the total of the years 2006-2010 to 2011-2015, according to data released earlier this week by SIPRI.

    Recent Chinese defence exports to Africa include naval vessels, combat aircraft, infantry fighting vehicles, and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

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    http://www.defenceweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=42518&catid=74&Itemid=30
     
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    China is offering low cost weapons that provide modern capabilities. These countries do not need to spend on expensive western gear and even Russian gear is too much for them. They need basic capabilities that give them an advantage over rebel groups.
     
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