But countering China’s growing regional clout is proving to be an uphill battle.
Local officials are inflexible about implementing Beijing’s orders.
As the country’s water reserves run low, tensions are running high.
Libyans, among others, are sick of the Russian mercenaries.
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Jose Miguel Calatayud is a journalist based in Barcelona. He has covered East Africa and in Turkey for the Spanish newspaper El País and was a 2017-2018 Open Society Fellow.