Tanzania among top African countries to receive military loans from China, USD285 million in past 20 years

    Chinese money is helping to bankroll and equip some African countries with military equipment and infrastructure.

    Most Chinese lending on the continent is used to fund civilian infrastructure, but according to Boston University’s Global Development Centre, it signed 27 loan deals with eight African countries worth US$3.5 billion between 2000 and 2020 for defence spending.

    Most of the money went into buying military aircraft, equipment and training and for building housing units for the military and police.

    Some 60 per cent, or US$2.1 billion, of the total went to Zambia, a country which has also received massive loans from China to build highways, dams and airports. It is the third biggest borrower on the continent behind Ethiopia and Angola.

    Other countries to receive military loans include Ghana, which received US$389 million, Cameroon (US$333 million), Tanzania (US$285 million), Zimbabwe (US$257 million), Sudan (US$121 million), Sierra Leone (US$16 million) and Namibia (US$9 million). MORE

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    Evarist Chahali

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