Ross Anthony, research fellow at the Centre for Chinese Studies at Stellenbosch University commented on 3 December 2012 on the leadership change in China and its implications for Africa.
He argued that China will increasingly be obliged to secure its assets and personnel in Africa. This may compel China to re-think its policy of "non-interference" when conflict occurs in places like Mali and the Democratic Republic of the Congo and affects China's interests. He suggested it is most likely to do so by engaging with regional and global institutions ranging from the UN to the African Union.
Click here to read his commentary.