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Publication Date

1-1-2021

Abstract

In pursuit of the AU's 'Silence of the Guns', Foreign military involvement on the African continent has become a heavily polarized conversation. China, with its non-colonial ties to the continent and non- intervention policy for the first time sent actual combat troops to a peacekeeping mission in Mali sparking questions about China's changing role in the world. This article takes a different view. It analyses the dynamics that caused China to become militarily involved on the continent. , The paper focuses on the interconnected nature of conflict in Africa, the role of Continental and local authorities, and the role of foreign (extra-continental) authorities in causing Beijing to conclude that it was necessary to become military involved with Bamako. The conclusions drawn will provide recommendations on what areas of continental conflict resolution must be addressed in order to curb foreign military involvement.

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