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NATO-CAM Relations: Background & Context
The creation of the China-Africa Mutuality with the signing of the Economic and Military Prosperity Treaty in 2031 came on the heels of a variety of protective AFRICOM NATO-African Standby Forces joint operations, such as counter-terrorism actions in Kinshasa and Lusaka, aid efforts throughout the Congo region, and containing anti-democratic movements in Malawi. These efforts were seen by some to be an unjust engagement in Africa by a Euroatlantic power, which was stoked into a political movement by Chinese political machinations in the region. Elections from 2024-2030 installed Sinophile leaders in numerous countries throughout the African continent, predominantly in the Western and Central regions of Africa. These Sinophile movements largely grew from Africa’s urban areas. Politicians took advantage of these sentiments and the “open palm” offered by China in the form of development loans, aid, and increasingly, troops and military hardware.
Following the Sulu Sea disaster in early 2031 and the ensuing global outcry, China and 8 African ally countries—Nigeria, Algeria, Angola, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Uganda, and Kenya—came together at the 13th Forum of China-Africa Cooperation and jointly motioned to abolish the Forum model in favor of a recomposition of relations modeled on the organization of NATO, but with greater economic cooperative tools and frameworks. This action was the founding of the China-Africa Mutuality. The past 4 years have seen massive infrastructural, economic, military, and scientific buildup within the Mutuality.
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