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China-Africa Cooperation on Peace and Security Issues

Authors: Zhang Chunyu, Zhang Mengying

ISBN: 978-1-84464-561-9

Ebook ISBN: 978-1-84464-562-6

Hardback-162 Pages

November 2019


£80 €100 $130



In recent years, with increasingly frequent economic and trade cooperation between China and African countries, China has become the most important international trade partner and an important source of foreign investment for Africa. Therefore, there is room for both sides to further expand and deepen their economic and trade cooperation. The peace and security situation in Africa has always been a mixed story. On the one hand, it shoes a generally positive trend with regional conflicts, wars and other traditional security hot problems declining. On the other hand, new types of security challenges continuously emerge, and non-traditional security problems become the most serious ones. This complex security situation results from both internal and external factors, including tribalism, resource curse, long-term economic underdevelopment, severe food shortage, incapable national governance, intervention by external forces, globalization, and the amplification effect of technological advancements. Both security governance within African countries and external forces’ intervention in regional peace and security affairs are manifestly characterized by militarization. Due to the military intervention by external forces, countries in the region have become more dependent on external intervention and cannot improve their own capacity of security governance, thus creating a vicious circle of conflicts-external intervention-withdrawal of external forces-recurrence of conflicts. This regional security situation exerts an obvious influence on international economic and trade cooperation. Protection of overseas interests requires the joint efforts of the Chinese government, enterprises and all sectors of the society to take corresponding measures. On the basis of previous endeavors, the Chinese government should continue strengthening cooperation with African countries in peace and security affairs. The cooperation should keep in pace with the evolution of global economic and political security patterns, meet the demand for the upgrading of China-Africa relations, conform to the altered nature of regional peace and security, and accord with the shift of concept and method of China’s participation in international affairs.



Chapter One

Significance of Subject Selection and Definition of Related Concepts

1.1 Significance of Subject Selection

1.2 Definition of Related Concepts

1.2.1 Subjects of the Present Research

1.2.2 Peace and Security

1.2.3 Growth and Development

1.2.4 Constructive Engagement

1.2.5 Tribalism

1.2.6 Resource Curse

Chapter Two

Traditional Security Problems in Africa

2.1 Mali Crisis

2.2 Reactivation of Liberation Movement of the Niger Delta

2.3 Election Crisis in Gambia

2.4 Other Problems

Chapter Three

Non-traditional Security Problems in Africa

3.1 Terrorism

3.2 Pirates in the Gulf of Guinea

3.3 Contagious Diseases

3.4 Climate Change

3.5 Other Problems

Chapter Four

External Forces’ Intervention in Peace and Security Affairs in Africa

4.1 Intervention by International Organizations

4.1.1 Intervention by the UN

4.1.2 Intervention by the EU

4.1.3 Intervention by African Regional Organizations

4.2 Intervention by Western Powers

4.2.1 Change in Intervention Theory

4.2.2 Intervention by France

4.2.3 Intervention by the US

4.2.4 Intervention by the UK

4.3 Intervention by Major African Powers

4.4 Characteristics of External Intervention and Its Implications

4.4.1 Negative Peace Brought by External Intervention

4.4.2 Stress on Multilateralist Actions

4.4.3 Inclusiveness of Military Training Programs

4.4.4 Stress on the Importance of Conflict Prevention

4.4.5 Layout with Key Areas as Strongholds

Chapter Five

Characteristics and Inducements of the Peace and Security Situation in Africa

5.1 Characteristics of the Peace and Security Situation

5.1.1 Interwoven Traditional and Non-traditional Security Problems

5.1.2 Coexisting Land and Maritime Security Problems

5.1.3 Negative Impact Inflicted by Slowed Economic Growth

5.1.4 Militarization of Internal Governance and External Intervention

5.1.5 Regionalization and Globalization of Security Problems

5.2 Key Inducements of Peace and Security Problems

5.2.1 Tribal Conflicts and Tribalism

5.2.2 Resource Curse and Institutional Difficulty

5.2.3 Inducements in Other Aspects

5.3 Prediction of the Peace and Security Situation

Chapter Six

Impacts of Peace and Security on China-Africa Trade and Economic Cooperation

6.1 Characteristics of Africa’s Macroeconomy

6.2 Trend of Africa’s Economic Development and International Economic and Trade Cooperation

6.3 China-Africa Economic and Trade Cooperation

6.4 Impacts of Peace and Security on China-Africa Economic and Trade Cooperation

Chapter Seven

Suggestions for China-Africa Cooperation in Peace and Security and Protection of China’s Interests

7.1 History of China-Africa Cooperation in Peace and Security 7.2 Suggestions for China-Africa Cooperation in Peace and Security

7.3 Suggestions for the Protection of Chinese Government and Enterprise Interests in Africa



About Author:

Zhang Chunyu, Ph.D., assistant researcher of the Institute of World Economics and Politics of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS). His research fields are marine economy and China-Africa cooperation. He has published books such as China’s Strategy on Marine Finance and over ten Chinese and English research papers on China-Africa cooperation and marine economy, respectively. He has participated in research and compiling of several important policy documents including “The State Thirteenth Five-year Plan for Marine Economy”. Zhang Chunyu has been a leading researcher for more than ten key research projects supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and former State Oceanic Administration of the People’s Republic of China. He has won awards such as China-Africa Joint Exchange Program Research Award (2016) issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Zhang Mengying, Ph.D. candidate of the Department of West-Asian and African Studies of the Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), graduated from the University of Alberta, Canada, with a Bachelor of Economics Honors in 2010, and then got a Master’s degree in economics in 2011 from the University of British Columbia, Canada. She used to serve as an editor of Social Sciences in China Press. She single authored a research article entitled “Analysis of the International Media Coverage of the Influence of Chinese Economic Slowdown on African Economy,” and co-authored an article “China’s Role in Peace and Security Cooperation in the Gulf of Guinea Region”.

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