China’s Military Presence in Africa: Implications for Continental Instability
Sacha Journal of Policy and Strategic Studies, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 68-81, April 2011
14 Pages Posted: 11 May 2011
Date Written: May 6, 2011
This paper critically evaluates the military aspect of the age-long interaction between China and Africa, and how it impacts the peace of Africa. Issues that border on China-Africa relations have no doubt gained currency in academic discourses centering mainly on trade, and economic related factors. But the military dimensions of the relationship, especially China’s military involvement in Africa are passing with minimal scholarly attention, yet needing examination. Within the general ambit of China’s expanding engagement in Africa, this paper discusses the military factor. It historically contextualizes China-African military links, and argues that China’s continued arms sales to Africa’s problem areas, cynical military relations and support to rogue and blood-thirsty regimes, and her double-dealing peacekeeping roles in Africa, does not help the peace condition of Africa’s unstable states.
Keywords: Chinese-African Relation, Arms, Military, Africa, Conflict, Diplomacy
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