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AFRICOM: While the U.S. Wants to Partner with African Governments to Fight Terrorism, China Instead Just Sells Weapons

U.S. Army Gen. Stephen Townsend meets with Tunisian security forces recently in Tunisia. Townsend discussed the importance of their mission, their bravery, and the critical nature of their work countering transnational threats. (Air Force/Photo by Col. Chris Karns)

To say that the U.S. Military Command for Africa (AFRICOM) does not think highly of China’s engagement on the continent would be putting it mildly.

In an article published today in Military Times, AFRICOM commanders are outright dismissive of the Chinese in Africa, accusing Beijing of focusing more attention on securing resources than combatting terrorism or providing security training for African governments.

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