A helping of geopolitics meets U.S. Army soldiers aiding African forces

By Sebastian Sprenger / November 20, 2015 at 5:13 PM
American soldiers deployed to train local African forces can sometimes find themselves exposed to the grand power struggle playing out on the continent between the West and China, reports a colonel with recent experience in the region. U.S. officials for years have complained about Beijing's economic advances in Africa, contending that China appears too keen on extracting resources from the continent while being too ignorant of the needs of local populations. Militarily, the standoff plays out mostly in the area...

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