From refusal to engagement: Chinese contributions to peacekeeping in Africa

Zhengyu Wu*, Ian Taylor

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China has, in the past decade or so, emerged as an important contributor to United Nations (UN) peacekeeping operations, with Chinese peacekeepers serving in places as diverse as the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Liberia and Sudan. Indeed, China currently sends more peacekeeping troops abroad than any other permanent member of the UN Security Council. This is a major development in Sino-African relations. China's stance on peace operations is closely tied to its attitude on state sovereignty and this limits the type of interventions that Beijing is prepared to sanction vis-a-vis its role in peacekeeping missions. Yet it appears that 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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-154
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Contemporary African Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2011


  • norms
  • peacekeeping
  • Sino-African relations
  • sovereignty


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