China's strategy to maintain its non-interference policy: The safety of chinese travellers in the middle east

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Abstract

The Middle East is becoming a hotspot for thousands of Chinese businesses with hundreds of thousands of Chinese nationals working and living throughout the region, as well as several million Chinese tourists. Traditionally, China’s policies towards the Middle East were based on the principle of non-interference. In face of the increasing number and frequency of acts of violence against Chinese nationals and assets in the region, this study examines whether China’s strategy to maintain its non-interference policy can meet the challenge of protecting the safety and rights of Chinese tourists in the Middle East. The main argument is that China’s approach to maintaining its non-interference policy is part of a carefully devised strategy that suits the country’s doctrine. China’s leadership favours a global proactive diplomatic approach which includes five diplomatic and military measures identified in this article: non-combatant evacuation operations and peacekeeping operations; construction of infrastructure and logistical capacities; legal framework and security cooperation; mediation and conflict management; and consular protection. This proactive diplomatic approach is also suitable to meet the challenge of the safety and rights of Chinese tourists in the region.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)50-67
Number of pages18
JournalChina: An International Journal
Volume19
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2021
Externally publishedYes

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • General Social Sciences
  • Economics and Econometrics

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