• Obert Hodzi
Part of the Critical Studies of the Asia-Pacific book series (CSAP)


Building on the broad history of Sino-Africa relations, and particularly on the thesis that China expands its interests abroad when its relative economic power increases, this chapter discusses China’s intervention in Libya’s 2011 intrastate armed conflict. It begins by exploring Sino-Libya diplomatic, political and economic relations from a historical perspective, and then focuses on China’s economic interests in Libya and how the outbreak of the intrastate armed conflict in 2011 affected those interests in a manner and scale never before experienced by China in Africa. The latter part of the chapter examines China’s unilateral, bilateral and multilateral intervention in the conflict. Overall, the main argument advanced in this chapter is that China’s response to the Libyan intrastate armed conflict reflects an indecisive foreign policy on intervention in foreign conflicts that gravitated from non-interventionism to ambivalent interventionism.


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  • Obert Hodzi
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  1. 1.Department of World CulturesUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland

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