Little by little, Chinese defense companies are trying to increase their influence and sales in Latin America. Though acquisitions have been relatively minor to date, China is making inroads with Venezuela and Bolivia. In December 2016, a delegation from the Venezuelan Army (the National Bolivarian Armed Forces of Venezuela) visited China for a briefing on the Poly Technologies Silent Hunter 30-kW mobile fiber-optic laser weapon, which can penetrate 5 mm of steel at 1 km (0.6 mi.). No sale ...

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