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Africa is a new frontier for China's arms-makers

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Drones roll through Tiananmen Square during a parade marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Beijing on Sept. 3, 2015.   © Reuters

LONDON   Chinese weapons are an increasingly common sight in Africa. From the buyer's point of view, they come with several advantages: They are relatively cheap and come with few of the strings attached to the purchase of Western gear.

     For African governments facing tight defense budgets and chronic security threats, Chinese equipment has great appeal, particularly as it often comes as part of a broader package of trade and investment.

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