South Sudan

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


This chapter explores China’s intervention in South Sudan’s intrastate armed conflict. This chapter starts by tracing historical relations between China and southern Sudan actors since Sudan’s independence in 1956. It then examines China’s pragmatic foreign policy strategies, first in transforming its antagonistic relationship with the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) into an amiable one, and then in balancing its triangulated relationship with Khartoum and Juba. All in all, the argument advanced in this chapter is that, unlike in the case of Libya and Mali, China’s intervention in South Sudan’s armed conflict was proactive, deliberate and assertive, suggesting that its perception of African intrastate armed conflicts as threatening to its external economic interests is evolving.


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Authors and Affiliations

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

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