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Africa: Chinas Newest Stage for Great Power Competition

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Technical Report,25 Jun 2018,23 May 2019

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U.S. Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth United States

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Chinas investment, development, and growing influence in Africa has significant consequences to the United States. China competes using unrestricted warfare. Thus, investment does not guarantee sustainable growth for African countries and potentially destabilizes economies. Furthermore, this practice leaves nations vulnerable to violent extremist recruitment and criminal networks. The purpose of this study is to provide insight into Xi Jinpings Chinese Dream, Africas role in Xis vision, and Chinas use of unrestricted warfare. The underlying thesis of this study argues Chinas strategy in Africa effectively employs elements of UW as a means to project strategic influence in Africa by extending operational reach for its military forces and thus, threatens US security. By understanding how China uses unrestricted warfare in Africa, US military planners gain insight into the Chinas deliberate employment of unrestricted warfare to accomplish President Xi Jinpings grand strategy. This more comprehensive understanding of the complexity of Chinas investment on the continent enhances US efforts to stabilize, counter VEO emergence, and create self-reliant partners to increase regional security.

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  • Government and Political Science
  • Military Forces and Organizations

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