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EU Chief Calls on China to Pressure Iran Over Weapons Sales

European Union Commission President Ursula von der Leyen made a direct appeal to visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping to help curb Iranian weapons sales in the Middle East. “We believe that China can play an important role in limiting the irresponsible ...

Philippines Takes Delivery of Medium-Range Indian Supersonic Missiles as Both Countries Seek to Send a Message to China

The Philippine Marines are now installing four new missile batteries that arrived from India over the past few days to alter the equation in Manila's increasingly contentious duel with Beijing over territorial disputes in the South China Sea. The delivery of BrahMos ...

India Test Fires New Nuclear Ballistic Missile That Now Puts Beijing Within Range

Prime Minister Narendra Modi proudly congratulated India's state-run Defense Research and Development Organization on Monday for the successful launch of an Agni-5 intercontinental ballistic missile that can travel up to 5,000 km, putting the Chinese capital, Beijing, within striking distance. The key ...

Chinese, U.S. Weapons Manufacturers Battled It out for Attention at Saudi Defense Show

Chinese weapons companies made a big impression, literally, at last week's World Defense Show held outside of the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh where they took up more floor space than any other country. In all, 36 Chinese companies exhibited a full range ...

Chinese Weapons Are Becoming Increasingly Popular in Africa

Militaries across Africa are increasingly turning to China to source advanced weapons systems that were long unavailable from Western suppliers. Sophisticated Chinese-made drones, missile systems, and cyber-warfare technologies, among others, are now commonplace on African battlefields.

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Zimbabwe Agreement Could Signal China’s Return to African Rail

TransTech, a subsidiary of China Railway Group, reportedly signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the state-owned National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) that could lead to a recapitalization of the country’s railway network.
Bloomberg reports that the agreement is currently limited to studying the project and producing a feasibility report by the end of June. Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube said: “It is our expectation that in the upcoming Forum for China and Africa taking place ...

China Eyeing Nigeria for Military Aircraft Sale

China is reportedly marketing its Y-20 Kunfeng military plane to foreign buyers. In December, Nigerian Defence Minister Mohammed Badaru Abubakar was shown the Y-20BE model during a visit to Beijing, and it also attracted attention at the Dubai Air Show during the same month. ...

Israel Wants to Know How Chinese Weapons Found Their Way Into Hamas’ Arsenal

The Israel Defense Force (IDF) claims that the Islamic militant group Hamas has "massive" stockpiles of Chinese-made weapons that include assault rifles, rocket launchers and advance telecommunications gear. "This is top-grade weaponry and communications technology, stuff that Hamas didn't have before, with ...

Chinese Arms Arrive in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa officially received a consignment of weapons from China on Wednesday. The arms include armored fighting vehicles, personnel carriers, machine guns, and pistols. The weapons were handed over by China’s ambassador, Zhou Ding. While framing the consignment as a donation, Mnangagwa ...

How China Is Moving up the Ranks in the Global Arms Market

By Lukas Fiala The label ‘Made in China’ has long epitomized China’s prominence in global manufacturing. From primary materials to advanced consumer goods, China’s rapid economic rise has been undergirded by the country’s insertion into global value chains since the 1980s ...

Chinese Weapons Manufacturers Take Part in UAE Arms Show

Nine Chinese arms manufacturers are taking part in the 16th International Defense Exhibition and Conference, a military technology expo in the United Arab Emirates, the first time since China’s COVID-related shutdowns. Chinese companies are showing 500 different products. They range from ...
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