27 Feb '15, 2pm

China’s role in the fight against Islamic State —

Feb. 15: Non-interference limits China’s role in the fight against Islamic State by Oliver Bräuner and Daha Park The rapid advance of the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) has caught China, and the rest of the international community, by surprise. With massive Chinese investments in Iraq’s energy sector and a sizeable community of Chinese workers, the conflict represents a challenge to China’s traditional non-interference policy. Will China be forced to become more active in the fight against ISIS to protect its citizens and economic interests in Iraq? And will this provide new opportunities for China and European Union (EU) member states to identify common interests and cooperate on matters of global security? Chinese interests in Iraq and Syria have increased dramatically Despite the political instability in the wake of the United States-led invasion of Iraq in 20...

Full article: http://www.sipri.org/media/newsletter/essay/feb-15-non-in...

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