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How South Sudan is Changing China

It’s widely accepted that China is having a profound impact on China but rarely are African countries credited with changing China. The rare exception is South Sudan. China’s complex economic and political interests in the country are prompting Beijing to re-think some of its long-held diplomatic principals including its so-called ‘non interference’ doctrine. Dr. Luke Patey, a leading expert on Sino-Sudanese relations, joins us to discuss why South Sudan is China’s most important policy project in Africa today.

About Dr. Luke Patey

Luke Patey is a senior researcher at the Dan­ish Insti­tute for Inter­na­tional Stud­ies. He has written for Finan­cial Times, The Guardian, The Hindu, and VICE News. His commentary has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Bloomberg News, Reuters, Financial Times, BBC World Service, and Radio France International. He has been a Vis­it­ing Scholar at Peking Uni­ver­sity (Bei­jing), the Social Sci­ence Research Coun­cil (New York), and the Cen­tre d’études et de recherches inter­na­tionales (Paris)

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