Mozambique Seeks to Cement Military Ties with China

President Xi Jinping shakes hands with Mozambique President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi (File Photo).

Maputo: MOZAMBIQUE’s Defence minister Atanasio M’tumuke is visiting China at the invitation of his counterpart Wei Fengh to strengthen military ties.

A statement from the Mozambican Defence Ministry said M’tumuke will participate in the Beijing International Defence Forum and visit companies from the People’s Republic of China Defence industry.

On the side-lines of the forum, the Mozambican Minister of National Defence will hold talks with his counterpart in China to address issues related to strengthening bilateral cooperation in the defence area.

China’s security footprint in Africa has been expanding alongside its deepening economic interests across the continent.

According to independent think-tank assessments, China’s fast-expanding military presence is designed to fortify substantial political and economic influence.

Historically, China exerted its security presence in Africa through contributions to United Nations peacekeeping missions.

Source: Lusa/ Additional Reporting By AllNetAfrica