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Protecting China's Interests Overseas: Securitization and Foreign Policy

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Andrea Ghiselli joins us to discuss his book, 'Protecting China's Interests Overseas: Securitization and Foreign Policy

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Speaker: Andrea Ghiselli, Assistant Professor, School of International Relations and Public Affairs (SIRPA), Fudan University.

Chair: Dr Nicola Leveringhaus, Centre for Grand Strategy, King's College London.

Discussant: Marc Marmino, PhD Candidate, Lau China Institute, King's College London.

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.

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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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