Chinese Activities in Africa: Implications for US National Security

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?

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