China's Influence in South Sudan: Prospects and Challenges

7 Pages Posted: 16 Apr 2018 Last revised: 8 May 2018

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Hongbo Xu

George Washington University - Elliott School of International Affairs (ESIA), Students

Date Written: June 1, 2017

Abstract

South Sudan, also known as the regional south part of Sudan, has suffered deeply through its birth and development. After it gained independence on July 9th, 2011, South Sudan has gradually developed, even with regional battles between Sudan and South Sudan. However, things changed in December of 2013, when the political power struggle broke out between President Kiir and his former deputy Riek Machar. This caused the civil war to begin and it continues to impact civilians’ lives. China, as one of the fastest growing economies around the world, has recognized the richness of natural resources in Africa, and China made enormous progress in Africa by following its “non-interference policy.” The non-interference policy basically says that China would only have business connections with other countries, and it would not interfere with other countries’ politics. Based on this policy and large investments, the Chinese government provided help to build roads, infrastructure, and housing. China has gained a high reputation and value inside the African community, including South Sudan. China had built and kept stable relationships with both Sudan and South Sudan until the civil war exploded. This review consists of three sections, and is based on research from articles and news. This report describes the civil war inside South Sudan, why China is heavily involved in South Sudan, and why South Sudan needs China for its development.

Keywords: China, South Sudan, Civil War, non-interference policy, Dinka and Nuer, Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence, economic development, Africa's natural resources

Suggested Citation

Xu, Hongbo, China's Influence in South Sudan: Prospects and Challenges (June 1, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3152035 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3152035

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