Many of China’s military exports to Africa — usually paid for with energy exports — are actually products that help the nations involved and are approved of by the U.S. “It is very clear that the Chinese are engaged in supporting African militaries with equipment, but I don’t see that as a military competition between us and China,” says U.S. Army Gen. Carter Ham, chief of U.S. Africa Command. “For example, the Chinese have provided the Democratic Republic of Congo a number of riverine ...

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