Monday, December 2, 2019

Is South Africa Aligning Militarily with China and Russia?

The Institute for Security Studies posted on 29 November 2019 a commentary titled "South Africa's Military Drills with Russia and China Raise Eyebrows" by Peter Fabricius.

South Africa just completed a naval exercise involving ships from China and Russia. This follows a visit to South Africa by two Russian supersonic Tupolev TU-160 Blackhawk bombers. The author asks if South Africa is switching its military allegiance from the West to China and Russia and seems to conclude this is premature. On the other hand, the Russian defense minister said the joint naval exercise demonstrates that the Russian fleet can act together with the Chinese anywhere in the world.

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