Comparing China’s Approach to Security in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and in Africa: Shifting Approaches, Practices and Motivations

  • Rudolf du PlessisEmail author


This chapter reflects upon the development and experience of the Chinese-instigated Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), a regional institution initiated by Beijing which operating in Asia, and the insights and lessons that it provides for China’s role in African regional security issues. The political dynamics within the SCO, including the competing visions and complementary approaches by China and its member states, offers insights into how China and African states might expand their own security arrangements over time.


Shanghai Cooperation Organization FOCAC Chinese foreign policy Asian security terrorism regional security organizations African security 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA)JohannesburgSouth Africa

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