Chinese Peacebuilding in Liberia as soft-power projection: perspectives from Monrovia

  • Steven C. Y. Kuo School of International Relations and Diplomatic Affairs, Shanghai International Studies University, China


This article describes Chinese peacebuilding efforts in Liberia and presents views expressed by Monrovians as assessment of projections of Chinese soft-power in post-conflict Liberia. Monrovians are overwhelmingly positive towards China, which is represented by Chinese construction companies who have been the mainstay of infrastructure rehabilitation in this small, West African state recovering from civil war. As a part of the Chinese practice of peacebuilding and central to its soft-power projection in Africa, we can tentatively regard the strategy of infrastructure led aid and peacebuilding to have achieved its objectives.