The UK-based Saferworld released in Jan. 2011 an impressive and thorough report titled “China’s Growing Role in African Peace and Security.”
Saferworld works to prevent and reduce violent conflict and promote cooperative approaches to security. It has offices in Nairobi, Juba and Kampala. The report provides background on China’s military cooperation with Africa, the impact of Chinese arms in Africa, and its engagement with UN peacekeeping operations on the continent, among other issues.
The report highlights several themes. Although economic cooperation will remain a priority in China’s relations with African countries, China is increasingly engaging on conflict and insecurity issues across the continent. There continue to be entrenched differences with traditional Western states over how assistance to Africa is best delivered. Solutions to Africa’s peace and security challenges are ultimately the responsibility of the continent’s own governments and civil society.
You can read the entire report here.