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1st Edition

Chinese Peace in Africa
From Peacekeeper to Peacemaker

ISBN 9781032090726
Published June 30, 2021 by Routledge
160 Pages

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Book Description

China’s emergence in Africa is the most significant development for the continent since at least the end of the Cold War. Of the permanent members of the UN Security Council, China is also the largest contributor in terms of troop numbers to United Nations Peacekeeping Operations (UNPKO). While China’s potential to be a force for change in Africa is undeniable, there are wildly varied and sometimes unrealistic expectations in both the West and Africa of China’s role in Africa. A more detailed and nuanced understanding of Chinese motivations in its African engagement is necessary, in order to work effectively with China for African peace, security and development.

With Liberia, Darfur and South Sudan as case studies, Kuo comprehensively examines the "Chinese peace" and places it within the context of the liberal peace debate. He does so using primary sources translated from the original Chinese, as well as interviews conducted in Mandarin with Chinese policymakers, academics, diplomats as well as Chinese company managers and businessmen working in Liberia and South Sudan. He also traces and analyses the Chinese discourse of peace, from traditional Chinese political philosophy, through Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping to post-reform and the Xi Jinping era.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1 China’s Africa Security Policy as Struggle for Status: The Basic Discourses of a Great Power and a Third World Country

Chapter 2 China’s Evolving Policy on United Nations Peacekeeping

Chapter 3 The Chinese Peace

Chapter 4 Chinese Peace in Liberia

Chapter 5 Chinese Peace in Sudan and South Sudan

Chapter 6 Conclusion



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Steven C.Y. Kuo is a Research Associate at Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa


'China’s interaction with Africa in the security area will become an increasingly important part of the relationship. Kuo’s book is a good addition to the literature on China’s security engagement in Africa…, which will be very useful for experts on China as well as students and researchers, who also delve into Chinese and other Southeast Asian issues.' - David H. Shinn, Adjunct Professor, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University and Former U.S. Ambassador to Burkino Faso and Ethiopa. African and Asian Studies 18 (2019) 462-465 doi:10.1163/15692108-12341442


"Overall Kuo provides a perceptive analysis of China’s approach to peace. The book is rich

with archival material that provides a fascinating backdrop to the subject matter. It also

makes a valuable contribution to the discourse on China in Africa: as much as Kuo recognises

China’s complementary role in Africa’s peace and security architecture, he notes the limitations

that accompany Beijing’s engagements…[He] draws explicit parallels between China positioning itself as a leader in the

Global South and its growing diplomatic role in peace negotiations and as broker of

peace and security in Africa. However, he also asks the more compelling question of

how Beijing will react to current contours of instability… ‘Plainly, economic development alone is not enough in fostering

security and building sustainable peace’. This is key to understanding how

Beijing will need to look beyond state sovereignty and recognise that some of the intractable

conflicts in Africa hinge on the legitimacy of those in power.

Chinese Peace in Africa: From Peacekeeper to Peacemaker is recommended both for

specialists and for scholars who are broadly interested in the Sino–African relationship."

Sanusha Naidu, Institute for Global Dialogue, Cape Town, South Africa

South African Journal of International Affairs, DOI: 10.1080/10220461.2020.1865193