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Will China help France fund a 10,000-strong anti-terrorism force in Africa?

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Yesterday, we noted the results of a visit to Beijing by French President Emmanuel Macron. In summary: a few small business deals signed, larger deals delayed, and an important call for European unity in dealing with China.

Today, France 24 reports on another important area of French-Chinese cooperation: counterterrorism in Africa.

  • France is promoting a five-country joint military force among Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, and Chad.
  • The name of the joint force is “G5 Sahel,” referring to the region bordering North Africa that those five countries inhabit.
  • China “is already committed militarily in the Sahel with the African-led International Support Mission to Mali, as well as in several other peacekeeping missions on the continent.”
  • “Neither Macron nor Xi put forward a figure or a schedule with more detail,” but China is expected to contribute some amount of much-needed funding to the development of the force.

France 24 also noted the signing of a framework agreement for cooperation between the China Development Bank and France’s agency for development (AFD), which will support projects in Africa to combat climate change “as a strategic priority.”

Read more on SupChina about China’s evolving footprint in Africa, and also listen to a Sinica Podcast on China-Africa relations with Lina Benabdallah.

Lucas Niewenhuis

Lucas Niewenhuis is an associate editor at SupChina who helps curate daily news and produce the company's newsletter, app, and website content. Previously, Lucas researched China-Africa relations at the Social Science Research Council and interned at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. He has studied Chinese language and culture in Shanghai and Beijing, and is a graduate of the University of Michigan.