China’s Growing Influence in Africa Seen in Arms Trade and Infrastructure Investment

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WASHINGTON—China’s arms sales, military training and investment in African infrastructure projects are increasingly giving Beijing a foothold on the continent, according to a new analysis by an open source intelligence company.

“The trend is clearly upward and what that arms sales diplomacy gives China is a lot more influence, a lot more power, over those African states,” said Dylan Lee Lehrke, a lead analyst at Jane’s. “It’s a military dependency.”

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