This manuscript examines Sino-North Africa relations on a bilateral level since World War II. It highlights the depth of China’s involvement in the region with each country on a five dimensional approach: energy security, trade relations, political relations, arms sales/security cooperation, and cultural relations. Regarding each of these criteria, North Africa holds a strategic significance to China’s national security, vital interests, territorial integrity, sovereignty, regime survival, and economic prosperity. China has been an integral part of the political developments on North Africa political scene since the early 1950s. It has supported the region’s quest for independence and national liberation, exchanged diplomatic recognition, and established political partnerships.
Apparently, the peoples of the North Africa and Africa at large are enthusiastic about China’s increasingly involved role. However, China’s heavy involvement in the continent’s oil sector, minerals, fisheries, corporate-practices, and its unconditional support to autocracies is mobilizing some resentment over China’s intentions in the region. Some intellectual trends are currently equating China with imperialism and neo-imperialism. Therefore, to ensure equitable relations with Africa, China and its corporations should refrain from colonial practices, exploitation, and environmental degradation. China also needs to contribute to the region’s process of development, industrialization, development, and stability. Otherwise, its presence might not endure in comparison to British, French, Spanish, or Portuguese presence in the continent.
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About the Author
Muhamad S. Olimat is associate professor of international relations and Middle East studies at the Institute for Civil and International Security at Khalifa University for Science, Technology and Research.
Table of Contents
Chapter One: China and North Africa: An Overview
Chapter Two: China and Algeria
Chapter Three: China and Egypt
Chapter Four: China and Libya
Chapter Five: China and Mauritania
Chapter Six: China and Morocco
Chapter Seven: China and The Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic
Chapter Eight: China and South Sudan
Chapter Nine: China and Sudan
Chapter Ten: China and Tunisia
Chapter Eleven: Prospectus and Conclusions