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'A supremely pragmatic actor'

It has become routine in much analysis of international affairs to position China as an opponent of the West (i.e. not just a competitor), and as prioritizing state sovereignty and non-interference in a state’s internal affairs above other international principles.

The one is also often suggested as the explanation for the other.

However, China’s changing role in Sudan over the past two decades demonstrates that neither can be taken as a given.

See our analysis feature here.

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