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Title:China and the coups: coping with political instability in Africa
Author:Holslag, JonathanISNI
Periodical:African Affairs: The Journal of the Royal African Society (ISSN 1468-2621)
Geographic terms:Africa
Subjects:foreign policy
coups d'état
international economic relations
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/41240211
Abstract:However destabilizing illegitimate regime changes are for Africa, they have not caused China to change its policies. Examining five coups that occurred in Africa between 2003 and 2010 - Central African Republic (2003), Mauritania (2008), Guinea (2008), Madagascar (2009), and Niger (2010), this article argues that China did not see the coups as major threats to its interests, but accepted instability as a part of doing business in Africa. China remained sceptical of democracy as an antidote to instability and deeply distrusted the effort of Western countries to promote liberal political standards. China therefore continued to display conservative self-restraint, a preference for unilateralism, and a pragmatic mercantilist policy intended to strengthen its economic presence. If China is guided by any strategy, it is the strategy of adapting to political realities, rather than trying to shape them. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]