Conclusion: Trends and Patterns of China’s Intervention in Africa

  • Obert Hodzi
Part of the Critical Studies of the Asia-Pacific book series (CSAP)


Based on conclusions made in Chaps.  4 6, the overall argument advanced in this book is that China’s intervention behaviour in African intrastate armed conflicts is a result of the combined effect of an increase in its relative economic power, which compelled it to expand its interests into politically volatile countries in search for raw materials and markets to keep the engine of its economy on the trot, and changing perception that intrastate armed conflicts in Africa threatened its interests there. On the basis of this argument, this chapter assesses the trends and patterns of China’s intervention in Africa drawing extensively from arguments made in the previous chapters. It then discusses how China’s intervention behaviour in African intrastate armed conflicts challenges existing conventional understandings of intervention as a foreign policy tool used by Western great powers to safeguard their strategic interests abroad.


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  • Obert Hodzi
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  1. 1.Department of World CulturesUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland

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