This report examines China’s foreign policy in fragile states. With its economic rise over
the last three decades, China has come to play an increasingly prominent role on the world stage.
Accounts of Chinese foreign policy often focus either on China’s relationship to other great
powers or its expansion into a specific region, such as Africa or Latin America. Here we attempt
to approach Chinese foreign policy from a different angle—namely, that of its policy in countries
of heightened political instability. Does China have a specific policy for fragile states, as distinct
from its various regional strategies? To begin to answer this question, we examine the cases of
four fragile states in different parts of the world: Angola, Venezuela, Afghanistan, and Nepal.
Our research draws on published economic data and recent scholarship on China’s political
objectives. Our conclusion is that China goes to great lengths to foster stability, particularly in
countries with strategic importance, even if it does not have a specific “fragile states” policy.
Blomquist, Michael; Bradley, Collin; Welter, Madeline; Young, Allen.
China's Foreign Policy in Fragile states.
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