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News Link • Africa: On the Map

This Satellite Contract Shows Just How Much China Is Winning In Africa

 Let that sink in for a second.
Wired's Noah Shactman writes:
Every new drone feed and every new soldier with a satellite radio creates more appetite for bandwidth — an appetite the military can’t hope to fill with military spacecraft alone ...
The Chinese are poised to help fill that need — especially over Africa, where Beijing has deep business and strategic interests. In 2012, China for the first time launched more rockets into space than the U.S. – including the Chinasat 12 and Apstar-7 communications satellites.

But the satellite is just the end of a very long race, one the U.S. seems to be losing.

Over the past ten years, China has expanded aggressively into Africa with several very lucrative resource development deals.

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