China's Pursuit of Africa's Natural Resources

  • June 15, 2009
  • Dr Kent H Butts

Explore China's developing interest in African stability and long-term access to African resources. The expense and extent of Chinese efforts to garner natural resources in various African locales seems to indicate an intent not to compete on the open market for resources, but rather to own them and their associated infrastructure outright so as to create a secure source of supply. Bankus and Butts examine China's efforts in Africa through the lens of the three variables that have characterized U.S. national security strategy: diplomacy, development, and defense.