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


This chapter examines China’s intervention in the Malian intrastate armed conflict. Like the previous chapter, it begins by giving a historical analysis of Sino-Mali diplomatic, political and economic relations since diplomatic relations were established in 1960. In giving the historical analysis of Sino-Mali relations, the focus is on China’s response to previous Tuareg rebellions and coup d’états in Mali. The aim is to draw comparisons with its intervention in the 2012 coup d’état and the Tuareg rebellion. The argument pursued in this chapter is that with hindsight concerning the effect of the Libyan crisis on its interest there, China was more alert to the threats the Malian armed conflict potentially had to its interests in Mali and the Sahel region.


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

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