Africa

CHINA MILITARY POWER: WORLD'S LARGEST ARMY TO EXPAND FROM ASIA TO AFRICA

CHINA MILITARY POWER

China revealed plans to increase its marine force by 400 percent, focusing on strategic intercontinental trade routes.
BY TOM O’CONNOR

US Defence Secretary sees no need for US military action in South China Sea
The world's biggest military is about to grow. Beijing announced last week it would increase military spending by about 7 percent, totaling about $147 billion. Beijing also plans to increase its marine corps by 400 percent in a bid to expand the nation's economic and military influence across Asia and into Africa, according to News Corp. Australian Network. With 2,3 million soldiers, Chinese leaders already command the largest standing army on the planet.

China to expand marine corps for deployment in Gwadar, Djibouti

Gwadar


By: PTI | Beijing

China is constructing a naval base in Djibouti to provide logistical support in one of the world's busiest waterways in the Indian Ocean.
China is set to increase the number of its marine corps from 20,000 to one lakh (100.000) as part of plans to deploy them overseas for the first time, including at the strategic Gwadar port in Pakistan and military logistics base in Djibouti in the Indian Ocean. The expansion is planned to protect China’s maritime lifelines and its growing interests overseas, Hong-Kong based South China Morning Post reported on Monday.

Trump's new travel order: Sudan, Somalia and Libya remain banned

Trump's new travel order

Donald John Trump, has signed a revised travel ban banning citizens of 6 Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.
Three African countries are affected by the ban which is expected to take effect after 10 days. Somalia, Sudan and Libya have made the list again.
An earlier ban which affected 7 countries was suspended by a federal judge, the result of which is the current one.

Turkey voices strong economic, trade interest in Africa

 Turkey-Africa Economic and Business Forum


ISTANBUL

Turkish officials have expressed strong interest in boosting economic and trade relations with Africa at a key joint forum in Istanbul, where their African counterparts welcomed the call.

Ethiopia and Eritrean troops engage in a heavy border battle


BORDER DISPUTE
Eritrea and Ethiopia have accused each other of starting clashes on Sunday between their soldiers in a militarized border region.

What China Knows about Africa That the West Doesn't

 

Europe has always misunderstood what Africans want.
Frederick Kuo

“Take up the White Man’s burden, Send forth the best ye breed
Go bind your sons to exile, to serve your captives’ need;” , —Rudyard Kipling
Throughout the last five centuries, Africa has existed in the Western imagination between two polarized extremes. One is the Africa that exists as treasure trove of spoils, a source of slaves to take as free labor, and a vast land full of natural riches for the taking.

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