U.S. think tank, said China may have sent troops to protect overseas citizens
February 9, 2009, 29 Chinese workers rescued in the incident had been hijacked in Sudan arrived in Beijing Capital International Airport by flight. Xinhua News Agency reporter Ding Linshe
Jamestown Foundation China Brief, May 11 article, the original title: Assessment of China tied to events overseas citizens countermeasures
on China to protect its overseas citizens the ability to increasingly become the focus. Typically respond to a policy to establish good relations with host countries, police and education of Chinese workers to prevent dangerous. Kidnappings increase, indicating that this alone is not enough.
overseas kidnapping two independent coping style: the first, sent the People’s Liberation Army’s Special Forces, the second is to hire their own private security companies. But if you want to be practical, they must have the ability and willingness of the use of force in overseas operations. Unfortunately, as China is concerned, two options are not standard.
both the ability of the People’s Liberation Army Special Forces also wishes to deal with the kidnapping – at least at sea. But only in the control region of the incident at sea, rather than those that will make it action in foreign territory. They did not show the intention to perform tasks on the ground in his homeland. In fact, the current sent by the Chinese escort fleet also have not received training to perform such tasks, the lack of adequate airdrop capabilities and human, to make it in-depth land the ability to act is severely limited. In addition, if military action in a foreign country, could have political implications, sufficient for the Beijing hesitation.
private security company in China is nothing new, but the idea went to the overseas operations was only recently proposed. The majority in Africa funded companies employ local security, but unreliable in times of crisis. This case, China’s domestic security concern. They are responsible for abductions in China under the command of the most reliable power, The Logically may come in handy in a rapid response operation. Unfortunately, China’s private security companies, lack of capacity is also a lack of willingness to intervene in the foreign operations, there is no overseas experience, and sometimes hard to bear a great responsibility.
China’s rapid response operations overseas also face other limitations, including international law and the use of force may lead to the infringement of sovereignty in a foreign country. Perhaps even more difficult is the Beijing hate any direct departure from its declared foreign policy principles – mutual respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity, mutual non-aggression and non-interference in other countries’ internal affairs – the action.
At present, China has relied on the host country forces to protect their workers. This approach is not satisfactory, but will continue to Beijing preferred. Overseas-funded enterprises can hire a higher capacity and experienced Western security emergency, will be indirectly exposed deficiencies in China. The future Beijing will be forced to increase diplomatic and economic efforts to protect overseas citizens. There are reports that China’s assistance for (other countries) the police or security forces, to create a more secure environment for Chinese-funded enterprises. When we can overcome the obstacles of independent action? Is currently unknown. But if the kidnapped continue to occur, will face increasing pressure, which had to discard the limitations of the currently bound hands and feet. ▲ (Daniel Hao Porter, Joe Hang translated)