chapter  22
China’s role in African security
ByIan Taylor
Pages 13

China has, in the past decade or so, emerged as an important contributor to United Nations peacekeeping operations, with Chinese peacekeepers serving in places as diverse as the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Liberia, and Sudan. This is a major development in Sino-African relations and an important contribution to African security. Though China’s stance on peace operations is closely tied to its attitude on state sovereignty, limiting the type of interventions that Beijing is prepared to sanction, Chinese policy in this regard is evolving. This study discusses why and how China’s role in peacekeeping in Africa has played out and the likely directions this is to take in the future.