China and swapo: The role of the people’s republic in namibia’s liberation and post‐independence relations

Ian Taylor*

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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to examine the nature of the People's Republic of China's relations with Namibia. Prior to liberation, China maintained cordial links with SWAPO, yet was constrained by the close ties the organisation had with Moscow and its allies. However, the absence of any alternative to SWAPO meant that China refrained from supporting any rival organisation to the Soviet‐backed movement, as it did in Zimbabwe or Angola, and the struggle for independence was largely devoid of the Sino‐Soviet dispute found elsewhere in Southern Africa liberation struggles. Upon independence, China was thus in a position where it sought to continue linkages with the SWAPO government, as part of its policy of bolstering itself internationally through the utilization of Third World support. Namibia for its part was eager for investment and economic development, and China has been seen as a useful country to do business with.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)110-122
Number of pages13
JournalSouth African Journal of International Affairs
Volume5
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1997

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