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Contrasting rhetoric and converging security interests of the European Union and China in Africa

Kontrastierung rhetorischer und konvergierender Sicherheitsinteressen der EU und Chinas in Afrika
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Stahl, Anna Katharina

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Abstract In recent years, both the European Union (EU) and the People's Republic of China (PRC) have considerably stepped up their presence in Africa, including in the field of peace and security. This article discusses how the EU’s and China’s understanding of governance and sovereignty affects their respective security strategies in Africa. It argues that although European and Chinese rhetoric significantly differs in terms of the doctrines of sovereignty and governance, the conventional wisdom of two competing security models is inaccurate. As a matter of fact, Brussels and Beijing pursue converging security interests in Africa, a fact that can open the door for coordinated Sino-European crisis management efforts.
Keywords EU; China; Africa; security policy; governance; sovereignty; democracy; human rights; CFSP; developing country; Far East; foreign policy; international relations; geopolitics; interest orientation; pressure-group politics; interest sphere
Classification International Relations, International Politics, Foreign Affairs, Development Policy; European Politics; Peace and Conflict Research, International Conflicts, Security Policy
Method descriptive study
Free Keywords security policy; sovereignty; human rights; democracy
Document language English
Publication Year 2011
Page/Pages p. 147-173
Journal Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, 40 (2011) 4
ISSN 1868-4874
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works