July 18, 2019

China's African Policy

Oleksiy Volovych

Over the past 20 years, China has increased its economic presence in Africa, and this trend will continue in the future, as it is extremely attractive for both China itself and for many African countries. The predicted critical shortage of natural resources for China's economy and the need to expand global demand for Chinese goods make Africa a strategic asset for economic cooperation and guarantees of economic security of the Celestial. In our view, China's economic and military presence on the African continent has become so large-scaled that the USA's possible attempts “to push it out” of Africa are clearly doomed to fail, or they can provoke a planetary armed confrontation with unpredictable consequences, equally dangerous not only for the United States and China, but also for the whole mankind. Therefore, by default, there is no alternative to the USA-China peaceful interaction in Africa.

The Chinese leadership seems not to be going to substantially increase its military presence in Africa since, apparently, it is not yet ready to abandon its foreign policy's long-standing principle of “neutrality and non-interference in internal affairs of other states”. However, nothing is set in stone, and the issue of protecting its investments in politically unstable regions of Africa becomes more and more relevant to China. Therefore, it is possible that in addition to the military base in Djibouti, other Chinese military facilities may soon appear in Africa. Besides, according to the recently announced military reform, by 2020, China must be prepared to conduct hostilities abroad.

US National Security Advisor John Bolton: “China uses bribes, opaque agreements, and the strategic use of debt to hold states in Africa captive to Beijing’s wishes and demands”
US National Security Advisor John Bolton: “China uses bribes, opaque agreements, and the strategic use of debt to hold states in Africa captive to Beijing’s wishes and demands”

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