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Japan and India have pledged their support but China has legal – and ideological – doubts about the French response to the crisis

Japan promised US$120 million, India $101 mn. and China $1 mn. These headline pledges in emergency aid to Mali graphically illustrate Beijing’s unease at a crisis-management strategy spearheaded by the military intervention of Mali’s former colonial power, France. The wholehearted sub-Saharan welcome for the French campaign against the jihadists in the Malian north has, though, left China facing an awkward diplomatic – and philosophical – dilemma.

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