China-Africa summit should prioritise security-corruption nexus

Chinese President Xi Jinping. A new roadmap from the FOCAC Summit that gets under way in Beijing from September 3-4, 2018 will inevitably move China’s relation with all 55 African states to a whole new level of development. PHOTO | PABALLO THEKISO | AFP

What you need to know:

  • The Corruption-Security nexus is also likely to feature in the meetings of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation Summit in Beijing in early September 2018.
  • China is also increasingly wary that the mix of corruption and insecurity is eroding the gains made in development co-operation over the last four decades.
  • Through the FOCAC framework, China has helped to strengthen Africa’s Peace and Security Architecture established since 2004 to avoid genocide and underwrite stability.

Endemic corruption is feeding insecurity. Recognising that the corruption-security nexus quickly morphing into an existential threat to development and national stability, the African Union adopted the theme of “Winning the Fight Against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation” for its recently-concluded summit in Nouakchott, Mauritania, from June 25 to July 2, 2018.

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