Chinese Defence Minister Liang Guangile has pledged more than $2.3 million to support Uganda People's Defence Force. China is also interested in bringing Chinese companies to help build railways and roads in the east African country.
A report is coming out of China’s state-owned Xinhua News Agency that China is promising more than $2.3 million for military aid and infrastructure assistance to the nation of Uganda. Beijing Defence Minister Liang Guangile signed a deal during his five-day visit to Kampala with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni.
The deal would include support for the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) in the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). A spokesperson for the Ugandan military did not provide further details of what exactly they will be given from China.
Furthermore, the Chinese delegation expressed interest in bringing Chinese companies to Uganda to help build railways and roads, which prompted the Ugandan leader to affirm Uganda-China ties.
“The visiting Chinese Defence Minister said that Chinese companies would be interested in the construction of railways and roads in Uganda,” said Museveni in an official statement. “We look forward to having more trade with China. Uganda always welcomes support from China.”
The meeting involved Crispus Kiyonga, Uganda’s defence minister, and General Aronda Nyakairima, Chief of Defence Forces.
In recent years, China has promised to construct a $93 million toll road that would connect Kampala to Entebbe, a small airport town.
China has continually said that it appreciates Uganda’s commitment to the one-China policy – the notion that there is only one China and not the existence of two governments laying claim to China. It also values Uganda’s support to the country’s core interests.
Reuters reports that there is some resentment among Ugandan businessmen who complain about too much Chinese involvement in the domestic economic affairs of the country. They say there is growing competition between Chinese companies and small businesses.