- Europe, China and Africa : new thinking for a secure century
- Security Europe
EU and China instrumental to security in Africa
Highlights from the official launch of our 'Europe, China and Africa : new thinking for a secure century' discussion paper
Africa’s peace and security situation has long been important to the traditional European partners, but has increasingly become of interest to China.
Africa has long been the scene of wanton, indiscriminate exploitation of human and natural resources for Western industries.
Neither the African host states nor European public and private stakeholders have the resources to tackle these issues alone.
Support in the field of security is not rooted in the EU’s DNA, it had to be inventive, adaptable and strong-willed to become a recognised strategic actor.
With populism and nationalism on the rise the EU and its international partners may need to rethink collective security and global trade structures.
The EU-China Comprehensive Strategic Partnership of 2003 included a call for greater cooperation in peace and security between the two partners.
China and the European Union have long taken divergent approaches towards development cooperation with Africa, particularly over human rights.
China and the EU have both committed to promoting peace and security in Africa, supporting the African Union’s Agenda 2063 goal to eliminate violent conflict.
Although China has played a role in African security for many years, it has cooperated only with international organisations such as the United Nations.
China’s presence is felt all over Africa, in technology, manufacturing, oil, hospitality, agriculture, construction and textiles.
The idea of European Union-China cooperation ‘in’ Africa is problematic. It suggests Africa has no say.