Red China had been involved in Africa since the nineteen-fifties, mainly in Tanzania. From there aid to Angolan liberation movements was just another step. Normally any Chinese aid could be related to the enmity between China and Russia. China provided aid to the FNLA until they realised that they could not really compete with the extensive weapon supply that the Soviet Union was providing to the MPLA. It was also rumoured that China was disappointed with the quality of the FNLA military effort. (J.A. Marcum, The Angolan Revolution, Vol. II pp. 264-265 – For a summary of Chinese actions in Africa see Alan Hutchinson, China’s African Revolution.)
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