China’s security relations with Africa in the 21st century
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Institute of International Studies, SGH Warsaw School of Economics, Al. Niepodległości 162, 02-554, Warszawa, Poland
Submission date: 2023-11-02
Final revision date: 2024-06-09
Acceptance date: 2024-06-13
Online publication date: 2024-06-30
Publication date: 2024-06-30
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Monika Magdalena Krukowska   

Institute of International Studies, SGH Warsaw School of Economics, Al. Niepodległości 162, 02-554, Warszawa, Poland
Security and Defence Quarterly 2024;46(2)
The paper examines China’s increasing security interests in Africa. It seeks to understand the nature and scope of Chinese engagement in peace and security issues on the continent based on its engagement in international and domestic (African) politics. Through literature analysis and logical reasoning, the author intends to define the implications of China's new role as a security provider. The paper is based on desk research using primary and secondary data and statistical and comparative analysis of official documents, academic research, and media sources. The methods include literature analysis, logical reasoning, statistical research, comparative analysis, and the inductive method to build general theorems. The paper analyses aspects of China's security engagement on the African continent: its participation in the UN Peacekeeping Operations, small arms exports, and Beijing's sharing of technology with African partners. China’s engagement in Africa’s security helps to advance its vital economic and political interests, with limited impact on African security. Key lessons for African partners are offered. The last decades have seen an extraordinary increase in China’s economic and political ties with Africa. Security cooperation followed massive Chinese investments and thousands of Chinese nationals working on the continent. China’s security engagement in Africa protects Beijing’s interests regarding access to resources, markets, political influence, and social credibility. It has little to do with a benevolent will to help Africa deal with instability or economic underdevelopment. African partners must make necessary efforts to avoid further dependence on China.
This research received no external funding.
No potential conflict of interest was reported by the author.
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