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Protecting China's Interests Overseas provides a fascinating and new window into Chinese foreign and security policymaking. In particular, it shows how the management of non-traditional security issues abroad led to the emergence of China's strategy to defend its interests overseas. This book comes at a critical time, as China has just inaugurated its first overseas military base in Djibouti, thereby establishing a long-term military presence outside Asia.

Based on a large number of Chinese primary sources, the book examines how the main actors involved in the making and implementation of Chinese foreign policy understood the problem of protecting the assets and lives of Chinese companies and nationals abroad, especially in North Africa and the Middle East, and interacted with each other depending on their priorities, preferences, and organizational interests.

As the different chapters explore various aspects and dynamics within the Chinese foreign and security policy machine, the analysis concludes that the emergence of China's strategy to defend its interests overseas was, to a large extent, crisis-driven. The evacuation of 36,000 Chinese nationals from Libya in 2011 was a critical moment in this process. Henceforth, significant efforts were made to strengthen the capabilities of and coordination between the different agencies under the control of the Chinese leadership, especially the Chinese People's Liberation Army.

Consistently, China's military presence abroad expanded and evolved over the years to stabilize the regions where the country's human and economic presence is most significant, and to neutralize the non-traditional security threats against it. However, Chinese policymakers still face important challenges and complex dilemmas on the path to formulate a sustainable policy towards this very difficult issue. Protecting China's Interests Overseas also offers an opportunity to rethink how we study and understand Chinese foreign policymaking.

 

Review

By tracing how "Chinese capital and companies went to some of the most unstable regions of the world", Ghiselli masterfully moves the narrative away from a traditional military perspective to one that emphasises Military Operations Other Than War, economic over military security, and the securitisation of these interest frontiers abroad (expressed in material assets, the lives of Chinese nationals, etc). The book's appreciation for internal political considerations in China and the attention that it puts on the different actors that operate within the Communist Party of China, is to be lauded. - The Wavell Room

a welcome contribution to the literature on the protection of China's overseas interests - Mathieu Duchâtel, European Journal of East Asian Studies

Andrea Ghiselli has written an important book casting a bright light on two important, related questions: first, how and why has the People's Republic of China evolved from being a nation primarily concerned with protecting its territorial integrity, preserving internal order, and asserting control over Taiwan, to become a nation increasingly motivated to safeguard expanding interest frontiers externally?; second, how and why has a nation that from the mid-1950s to today proclaimed "non-interference in the internal affairs of others" to be at the heart of its foreign policy, become a growing force in UN international peacekeeping operations. - David M. Lampton, The China Quarterly

Ghiselli has written a terrific and important book. Based on extensive research with primary sources, he demonstrates how China's national interests have expanded beyond East Asia and how the government has endeavored to secure these interests. Protecting China's Interests Overseas offers an important contribution to our understanding of Chinese foreign policy today. - M. Taylor Fravel, Arthur and Ruth Sloan Professor of Political Science and Director and the Security Studies Program, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

What is driving China's unprecedented military power projection outside of its own neighborhood? Andrea Ghiselli's answer may surprise you. Based upon a meticulous mining of a wide array of primary sources, he offers a fresh perspective on one of the most noteworthy international security trends of the twenty-first century. Highly recommended to anyone interested in discerning the main direction of China's geostrategic trajectory. - Andrew Scobell, Senior Political Scientist, RAND Corporation

China has gone global and its security presence in faraway regions has increased. In Protecting China's Interests Overseas, Andrea Ghiselli argues that this expansion has little to do with the Sino-American power competition and is not the result of a well-thought out plan. He takes the reader from the corridors of political power to the leaders of security forces, from the bureaucracies to the general public to show that a haphazard policy process led Chinese leaders to securitize non-traditional security issues - such as piracy, terrorism, and social upheavals. Highly recommended for scholars and security practitioners who seek to understand how China protects its interests globally. - Pascal Vennesson, Professor of Political Science, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University Singapore

About the Author

Andrea Ghiselli is an Assistant Professor at the School of International Relations and Public Affairs of Fudan University and the Project Manager of the TOChina Hub's ChinaMed Project. His research interests include Chinese foreign policymaking, China's relations with and role in the Middle East and North Africa, and foreign policy analysis.
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  • ISBN :9780198867395
  • Author: Andrea Ghiselli
  • Publisher: Oxford
  • Pages: 304
  • Format: Hardback

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Protecting China's Interests Overseas provides a fascinating and new window into Chinese foreign and security policymaking. In particular, it shows how the management of non-traditional security issues abroad led to the emergence of China's strategy to defend its interests overseas. This book comes at a critical time, as China has just inaugurated its first overseas military base in Djibouti, thereby establishing a long-term military presence outside Asia.

Based on a large number of Chinese primary sources, the book examines how the main actors involved in the making and implementation of Chinese foreign policy understood the problem of protecting the assets and lives of Chinese companies and nationals abroad, especially in North Africa and the Middle East, and interacted with each other depending on their priorities, preferences, and organizational interests.

As the different chapters explore various aspects and dynamics within the Chinese foreign and security policy machine, the analysis concludes that the emergence of China's strategy to defend its interests overseas was, to a large extent, crisis-driven. The evacuation of 36,000 Chinese nationals from Libya in 2011 was a critical moment in this process. Henceforth, significant efforts were made to strengthen the capabilities of and coordination between the different agencies under the control of the Chinese leadership, especially the Chinese People's Liberation Army.

Consistently, China's military presence abroad expanded and evolved over the years to stabilize the regions where the country's human and economic presence is most significant, and to neutralize the non-traditional security threats against it. However, Chinese policymakers still face important challenges and complex dilemmas on the path to formulate a sustainable policy towards this very difficult issue. Protecting China's Interests Overseas also offers an opportunity to rethink how we study and understand Chinese foreign policymaking.

 

Review

By tracing how "Chinese capital and companies went to some of the most unstable regions of the world", Ghiselli masterfully moves the narrative away from a traditional military perspective to one that emphasises Military Operations Other Than War, economic over military security, and the securitisation of these interest frontiers abroad (expressed in material assets, the lives of Chinese nationals, etc). The book's appreciation for internal political considerations in China and the attention that it puts on the different actors that operate within the Communist Party of China, is to be lauded. - The Wavell Room

a welcome contribution to the literature on the protection of China's overseas interests - Mathieu Duchâtel, European Journal of East Asian Studies

Andrea Ghiselli has written an important book casting a bright light on two important, related questions: first, how and why has the People's Republic of China evolved from being a nation primarily concerned with protecting its territorial integrity, preserving internal order, and asserting control over Taiwan, to become a nation increasingly motivated to safeguard expanding interest frontiers externally?; second, how and why has a nation that from the mid-1950s to today proclaimed "non-interference in the internal affairs of others" to be at the heart of its foreign policy, become a growing force in UN international peacekeeping operations. - David M. Lampton, The China Quarterly

Ghiselli has written a terrific and important book. Based on extensive research with primary sources, he demonstrates how China's national interests have expanded beyond East Asia and how the government has endeavored to secure these interests. Protecting China's Interests Overseas offers an important contribution to our understanding of Chinese foreign policy today. - M. Taylor Fravel, Arthur and Ruth Sloan Professor of Political Science and Director and the Security Studies Program, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

What is driving China's unprecedented military power projection outside of its own neighborhood? Andrea Ghiselli's answer may surprise you. Based upon a meticulous mining of a wide array of primary sources, he offers a fresh perspective on one of the most noteworthy international security trends of the twenty-first century. Highly recommended to anyone interested in discerning the main direction of China's geostrategic trajectory. - Andrew Scobell, Senior Political Scientist, RAND Corporation

China has gone global and its security presence in faraway regions has increased. In Protecting China's Interests Overseas, Andrea Ghiselli argues that this expansion has little to do with the Sino-American power competition and is not the result of a well-thought out plan. He takes the reader from the corridors of political power to the leaders of security forces, from the bureaucracies to the general public to show that a haphazard policy process led Chinese leaders to securitize non-traditional security issues - such as piracy, terrorism, and social upheavals. Highly recommended for scholars and security practitioners who seek to understand how China protects its interests globally. - Pascal Vennesson, Professor of Political Science, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University Singapore

About the Author

Andrea Ghiselli is an Assistant Professor at the School of International Relations and Public Affairs of Fudan University and the Project Manager of the TOChina Hub's ChinaMed Project. His research interests include Chinese foreign policymaking, China's relations with and role in the Middle East and North Africa, and foreign policy analysis.

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