Chinese Activities in Africa: Implications for US National Security

January 24, 2007 | 12:00 AM
Cannon House Office Building, Room 121

Bates Gill, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Freeman Chair in China Studies, and Jennifer Cooke, Co-Director of the CSIS Africa Program, discuss the implications of China's activities in Africa. In the past decade, China has sustained a remarkable level of economic growth averaging nearly 10% annually. In order to fuel its economic engine, China is securing energy and natural resources worldwide with increasing activities in Africa. From Sudan to Kenya and Zimbabwe to Angola, China is securing mineral and oil deals despite of international criticism. Is China's role in Africa creating stability or fostering greater unrest? What does China's growing influence in Africa mean for future U.S. policy? Does China's emerging influence in Africa help or hurt China long-term?