Jonas Parello-Plesner is a diplomat and scholar, currently with the Danish Embassy in Washington, DC. He previously worked for the European Council on Foreign Relations as a China Senior Policy Fellow. He has written reports, op-eds and is quoted in Financial Times, le Monde, El Pais, International Herald Tribune and European Voice. Views expressed are his own.
China has long adhered to a principle of ‘non-interference’ in other states’ affairs. However, as more of its companies have been investing in projects overseas, and millions of its nationals are travelling abroad, Beijing is finding itself progressively involved in other countries – through the need to protect these interests and citizens.
The shift in Chinese foreign policy towards a more interventionist approach is explored in Jonas Parello-Plesner and Mathieu Dûchatel’s new book ‘China’s Strong Arm: protecting Citizens and Assets Abroad’ (published by Routledge/Taylor & Francis). Read more coverage of the book on BBC, Bloomberg, Global Times, Stars & Stripes or East Asia Forum.