China is known for its growing economic presence as well as its diplomatic and cultural activism in Africa. There is much less research on China's security engagement with Africa. This engagement, to be sure, is more recent, however it has become a meaningful dimension of China's Africa policy. This seminar will present the major features of China's security engagement with Africa, namely its role in United Nations' peacekeeping missions, its role in non-traditional multilateral security endeavours as the fight against Ebola in West Africa in 2014-15, the establishment of a military base in Djibouti and its security assistance to the African Union as well as to a growing number of African countries.
Biography of speaker
Prof. Jean-Pierre Cabestan
Professor, Department of Government and International Studies, HKBU
Jean-Pierre Cabestan is Professor, Department of Government and International Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University. He is also associate researcher at the Asia Centre, Paris and at the French Centre for Research on Contemporary China in Hong Kong. His most recent publications include La politique internationale de la Chine. Entre intégration et volonté de puissance, (China’s international policy. Between integration and will for power), Paris, Presses de Sciences Po, 2010 (updated and expanded second edition published in 2015); China and the Global Financial Crisis. A Comparison with Europe, New York, Routledge, 2012 (co-edited with Jean-François Di Meglio & Xavier Richet); Le système politique chinois. Un nouvel équilibre autoritaire (The Chinese Political System. A New Authoritarian Equilibrium), Paris, Presses de Sciences Po, 2014; Political Changes in Taiwan Under Ma Ying-jeou. Partisan Conflict, Policy Choices, External Constraints and Security Challenges. (co-edited with Jacques deLisle), Abingdon, Oxon & New York, Routledge, 2014; and China Tomorrow: Democracy or Dictatorship?, Lanham, MD, Rowman & Littlefield, 2019.