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    Protecting Chinese nationals overseas: the coming end of non-interference

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    Date(s) - 15/12/2017
    10:00 am - 11:30 am


    Royal Norwegian Embassy


    1 Sanlitun Dong Yi Road, Beijing, China


    +86 10 8531 9600



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    A decade ago, few would have predicted the direct involvement of the PLA Navy in a non-combatant evacuation operation overseas. Yet this happened in Yemen in March 2015 and accelerated the decision to open a “logistics support base” in Djibouti – two major ruptures with the traditional foreign policy of the PRC. The use of military power is now clearly part of China’s toolbox when it comes to situations involving the security of Chinese nationals overseas. Just like rejecting having military bases overseas was part of China’s identity in international politics until the decision to build Djibouti was taken, the protection of nationals overseas is now an entire part of China’s foreign policy in Xi Jinping’s “new era”. How should such a rapid transformation be explained? And what are its consequences for international security?


    ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Mathieu Duchâtel is Senior Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations and Deputy Director of ECFR’s Asia and China program. Before joining ECFR, he was the representative in Beijing of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (2011-2015). He has co-authored a book on the protection of Chinese nationals overseas, China’s Strong Arm, Protecting Chinese Nationals and Assets Abroad, IISS, Adelphi, Routledge, 2015.


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