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On becoming a norms maker: Chinese foreign policy, norms evolution and the challenges of security in Africa

Alden, Christopher and Large, Dan (2015) On becoming a norms maker: Chinese foreign policy, norms evolution and the challenges of security in Africa. China Quarterly, 221 . pp. 123-142. ISSN 0305-7410

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Abstract

This article explores China’s engagement with the development of norms on security in Africa, with particular attention to its changing post-conflict engagement. Applying the gradualism characteristic of its approach to policy formulation and implementation, the Chinese policymaking community is playing a key role in seeking to redefine the contemporary international approach to managing African security dilemmas. By reinterpreting concepts such as liberal peacebuilding, Chinese policymakers have begun a process of reframing established norms on security and development that are more in line with its principles and core interests. This agenda in the making has enabled the Chinese government to move beyond the constraints of a rhetoric rooted in non-interference in domestic affairs that prohibited involvement in African security issues to a set of practices that allows China to play a more substantive role in security on the continent.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJourna...
Additional Information: © 2015 Cambridge University Press
Library of Congress subject classification: D History General and Old World > DT Africa
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2014 16:48
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/57274/

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