China and India cooperation with Africa in matters of peace and security

 
PIIS032150750021783-3-1
DOI10.31857/S032150750021783-3
Publication type Article
Status Published
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Occupation: Leading Research Fellow, Centre of Russian-African Relations and African States Foreign Policy Studies
Affiliation: Institute for African Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences
Address: 30/1, Spiridonovka Str., Moscow, 123001, Russian Federation
Occupation: Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Global and Strategic Studies, Institute for African Studies RAS
Affiliation: Institute for African Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences
Address: Russian Federation, Moscow
Journal nameAsia and Africa Today
EditionIssue 9
Pages12-19
Abstract

This article is devoted to the cooperation of China and India with African countries in defense and security issues. In an effort to consolidate their positions on the continent, Beijing and New Delhi are ready to assist African States in strengthening their armed and police forces, as well as in the fight against extremism and terrorism. They instruct African military specialists on Chinese and Indian bases and also in Africa.

For several decades, peacekeeping has been at the center of Chinese and Indian efforts in Africa, which is increasingly shifting over time in favor of the assistance of these countries to the “African solution of African problems”. Both countries are among the leading participants in UN peacekeeping operations in Africa. At the same time, the growing competition of the “Asian giants” in the Indian Ocean zone is reflected in the priority development of the maritime strategy of China and India, seeking to strengthen their influence primarily in the coastal and island African States of this region.

A number of factors dictate the interest of African countries in cooperation with China and India in the military sphere. Among them are the lack of political conditionality of military assistance and non-interference in the internal affairs of the countries of the continent.

KeywordsAfrica, China, India, security, peacekeeping, military aid, sea strategy
Received20.06.2022
Publication date13.09.2022
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