China and the Coups: Coping with Political Instability in Africa

By African Affairs
Updated: 01/18/2012

CopingWPoliticalInstability01-2012By Jonathan Holslag, African Affairs | May 2011

China typically does not see coups in Africa as major threats to its interests but rather follows a strict policy of conservative restraint, unilateralism, and mercantilism. At times China has even seemingly ignored criticism of or sanctions imposed on military regimes by African regional organizations. China’s approach, however, may have to evolve as its interests and reputation on the continent will benefit from the stability provided by transparent and legitimate governance.

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