MERICS and KAS Web Seminar: China's growing security role in Africa

Jul 16, 2020 15:00 - 16:15

The discussion of Sino-African relations continues to be dominated by China’s economic activities and aspirations. However, the People's Republic has been working for more than a decade to establish itself as a serious actor in security policy on the African continent and has already made significant progress. All the indications are that China, with its security ambitions, is pursuing a systematic and holistic continent-wide approach, including arms supplies and military diplomacy, as well as deployment in peacekeeping missions and participation in military training.

This development is attracting considerable attention among analysts and policymakers but there remains limited primary data shedding light on this aspect of Sino-African relations. Against this background, the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, together with the Mercator Institute for China Studies, is pleased to invite you to the launch of a new joint study, ‘China’s growing peace and security role in Africa: views from West Africa, implications for Europe’. Based on extensive fieldwork, the report outlines China’s growing security activities in Africa, their background and objectives, perceptions among West African stakeholders and implications for Europe.

To discuss this increasingly important topic, please join us for a web seminar on Thursday 16 July from 15:00 to 16.15 (CEST). 


  • Markus Koob MdB (Member of Parliament and Rapporteur West- and Central Africa @Deutscher Bundestag)
  • Tom Bayes (China-Africa researcher and former fellow @Mercator Institute for China Studies)
  • Thomas Schiller (Director Regional Programme Sahel @Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung)