Should the West Be Worried About China’s Growing Security Role in Africa?

Should the West Be Worried About China’s Growing Security Role in Africa?
U.N. peacekeepers from China at a U.N. Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali camp, Gao, Mali, Jan. 27, 2014 (U.N. photo by Marco Dormino).

China is becoming an important military player in Africa. It has sent combat troops to bolster the United Nations operation in South Sudan, is opening a naval station in Djibouti, and has promised to invest in African Union peace operations. Is this evidence of Beijing’s creeping bid for superpower status, as pessimistic Western observers fear, or a positive sign that it is can contribute more to global stability? As Mathieu Duchatel, Manuel Lafont Rapnouil and I argue in a new report from the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), it would be odd if China did not take a greater […]

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