Protecting China's Interests Overseas: Securitization and Foreign Policy

ISBN : 9780198867395

Andrea Ghiselli
304 ページ
153 x 234 mm

Protecting China's Interests Overseas provides a fascinating and new glimpse of Chinese foreign and security policymaking. In particular, it shows how the securitization 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 looks at how the main actors involved in the making and implementing 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, interacted with each other depending on their priorities, preferences, and organizational interests. As the different chapters explores 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 with the goal 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. Yet, 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 offer an opportunity to rethink how we study and understand Chinese foreign policymaking.


1 The Chinese Government, the Idea of Security and Foreign Policy
2 Chinese Armed Forces and the Challenges of Globalization
3 From Deng's Reforms to Libya
4 The Problems of Knowledge in Policymaking
5 Chinese Public Opinion and the Interest Frontiers
6 Diverse Threats, Diverse Responses
7 Guarding the Interest Frontiers


Andrea Ghiselli is a Research Fellow 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.