China’s Changing Role in Peace and Security in Africa
This chapter investigates the evolution of China’s approach to peace and security on the African continent through the lens of its changing global approach to these concerns. The impact of its expanding international economic footprint, coupled to its growing exposure to political risk across the continent and Western pressure to participate as a ‘responsible stakeholder’, compelled the Chinese government to rethink key tenets of its global strategy, adopting a more pragmatic form of engagement in security matters. The search for a balance between the pursuit of Chinese interests and the fulfilment of its responsibilities is a significant challenge for China in the twenty-first century.
KeywordsChinese foreign policy Chinese state-owned enterprises Chinese defence policy Multilateralism Responsible stakeholder African security Libya crisis Somali piracy
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