China's Strong Arm: Protecting Citizens and Assets Abroad Book Discussion

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When: Sep 22 2015 - 12:00pm until Sep 22 2015 - 1:30pm
What:

China's Strong Arm: Protecting Citizens and Assets Abroad Book Discussion

An Asia Pacific Security Seminar featuring:

Jonas Parello-Plesner
Diplomat and Scholar

Dr. Jeffrey Becker (Discussant)
Senior Analyst, China Studies Division, CNA Corp.

China's Strong Arm: Protecting Citizens and Assets Abroad Book Discussion from East-West Center on Vimeo.


From left to right: Dr. Jeffrey Becker, Jonas Parello-Plesner, and Dr. Satu Limaye

China has long adhered to a principle of ‘non-interference’ in other states’ affairs. However, as more of its companies have been investing in projects overseas, and millions of its nationals are travelling abroad, Beijing is finding itself progressively involved in other countries – through the need to protect these interests and citizens.

During the turmoil of the Arab Spring in 2011, China was compelled to evacuate more than 35,000 Chinese workers and expatriates from Libya, and later it led the hunt for the killers of 13 Chinese sailors in the Golden Triangle region of the Mekong River. In 2015, Beijing sent a combat battalion to join the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan, where it has huge oil ventures. Its plans to construct a New Silk Road will generate new commercial interests in Pakistan that require protection.

The shift in Chinese foreign policy towards a more interventionist approach abroad has not been the result of grand strategy, but an adjustment to unfolding events. The risk appetite of state-owned Chinese business is inexorably drawing the Chinese state into security hotspots, while citizens of the rising power demand that their government protects compatriots caught in crises overseas, including via military means.

The shift in Chinese foreign policy towards a more interventionist approach is explored in Jonas Parello-Plesner and Mathieu Dûchatel’s new book ‘China’s Strong Arm: protecting Citizens and Assets Abroad’ (published by Routledge/Taylor & Francis).

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Jonas Parello-Plesner is a diplomat and scholar, currently with the Danish Embassy in Washington, DC. He previously worked for the European Council on Foreign Relations as a China Senior Policy Fellow. He has written reports, op-eds and is quoted in Financial Times, le Monde, El Pais, International Herald Tribune and European Voice. Views expressed are his own.

Jeffrey Becker is a senior analyst in the CNA China Studies Division. Dr. Becker has published on domestic Chinese labor politics, Chinese governance, and Chinese military, foreign policy, and security issues. His current research interests include Chinese maritime issues and Chinese foreign policy in the Asia-Pacific. Dr. Becker’s published books and monographs include From Peasants to Protesters: Social Ties, Resources, and Migrant Labor Contention in Contemporary China (Lexington Books, 2014), and Behind the Periscope: Leadership in China’s Navy (CNA, 2013). His research on Chinese labor politics and Chinese anti-corruption efforts has appeared in Comparative Political Studies and the Journal of Chinese Political Science, and include “The Knowledge to Act: Chinese Migrant Labor Protests in Comparative Perspective,” and “Tackling Corruption at its Source: The National Corruption Prevention Bureau.”


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