Date Thursday 30 April, 14:00 - 18:0
Venue Clingendael Institute, Clingendael 7, 2597 VH The Hague
China’s involvement in Africa is developing rapidly. At the same time the Chinese role in UN peace operations and in African security issues in general is still a new and evolving phenomenon. The Chinese contribution to MINUSMA, the current UN stabilization operation in Mali, provides an important learning opportunity for China as well as its local, regional and international partners. One of the notable characteristics of MINUSMA is that for the first time the Chinese military sends armed troops abroad to provide protection for UN peacekeepers from other countries. The aim of this ICCT/Clingendael ''China’s Role in Peacekeeping and Counter-Terrorism and Countering Violent Extremism in Mali'' expert seminar was to gain an insight into how China’s security role in Africa is evolving and whether this creates new opportunities for local and European actors to cooperate with China.
14:00 – 15:30: Session 1 “China’s participation in MINUSMA and its evolving approach to security in Africa” Chair: Susann Handke Introduction: Dr. Frans Paul van der Putten Discussant: Tim Sweijs
15:30 – 16:00: Coffee and tea break
16:00 – 17:30: Session 2 “China and counter terrorism / counter violent extremism in the region” Chair: Dr. Bibi van Ginkel Discussant: Sergei Boeke (ICCT/CTC)
17:30 – 18:00: Drinks reception Find the full Meeting Report.