In , China passed a counterterrorism law that for the first time authorizes the PLAs deployment on overseas counterterrorism missionsThe PLA has also established itself as an active security partner through military to military contacts based on training and education programs, military advisors, arms sales, and construction of military facilities and ministries of defense headquarters.
These revived trade routes help China diversify its supply chains and create a China Indian Ocean Africa Mediterranean Sea Blue Economic Passage to connect Africa to new maritime corridors in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and MyanmarBeijings military posture matches its expanding maritime and naval reach under OBOR.
President Xi Jinpings speech during the Africa China summit (December, ) The Chinese government in released its first Africa white paper, an official document that outlined Chinas foreign policy strategy towards Africa, in tandem with the first China Africa Summit A second edition of the white paper was released in December of
Unlike Chinas previous defense white papers the most recent of which came out in and was blandly reassuring to the point of being vacuous the new White Paper picks up the gauntlet that the U.Sthrew down in its National Security Strategy and in National Defense Strategy.
What are key Chinese strategists saying about Chinas engagement with the continent Please join NBR on Wednesday, June , from to a.mEDT for a discussion with Nadège Rolland and Howard WFrench seeking to situate Africa in Chinas strategic thinking.
Chinas growing engagement with African countries got a publicity boost on September with the latest Forum on China Africa Cooperation (FOCAC)The triennial event brought leaders and officials from African countries and the African Union (AU) to Beijing for meetings that culminated in a resolution to continue strengthening ties and a renewed pledge of billions of dollars in Chinese
U.SChina Economic and Security Review Commission Executive Summary Africas central role within Chinas broader foreign policy dates to the early days of the Cold War and has been reemphasized by successive Chinese leadersIn recent years, Chinas engagement has grown to span the continent.