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International relations

China boosts military aid to Africa as concerns over Russia grow

Biden to hold summit with African leaders this week

Chinese People's Liberation Army personnel attend the opening ceremony of China's new military base in Djibouti on Aug. 1, 2017. (File photo by AFP/Jiji) 

KAMPALA, Uganda -- China is strengthening its security cooperation with African nations, as the war in Ukraine raises concerns on the continent over continuing reliance on Russian military assistance.

Just under half the military equipment in Africa is supplied by Russia, with historical ties stretching back to the anti-colonial liberation struggles of the 1950s and '60s. The foundations of the security assistance are troop training, arms sales, and the dispatch of mercenaries.

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