China is increasing its security footprint in the Horn of Africa, where Ethiopia’s Tigray conflict has claimed thousands of lives. Photo: AFP
China is increasing its security footprint in the Horn of Africa, where Ethiopia’s Tigray conflict has claimed thousands of lives. Photo: AFP

China, no longer a ‘passive onlooker’, plays new role in African conflicts

  • Beijing increasingly intervenes to protect its people, investments and interests in the region
  • As the Asian power becomes more entangled in security on the continent, observers question whether its non-interference policy still stands

China is increasing its security footprint in the Horn of Africa, where Ethiopia’s Tigray conflict has claimed thousands of lives. Photo: AFP
China is increasing its security footprint in the Horn of Africa, where Ethiopia’s Tigray conflict has claimed thousands of lives. Photo: AFP
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