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Abstract Details

 
AUTHOR NAME
 
Family Name:
Sun
 
First Name:
Degang
 
ABSTRACT OF PAPER
 
Title of Paper:
Treading on Thin Ice: China’s Even-handedness in the Gulf Security
 
Paper Proposal Text :
China’s participation in the Gulf conflict resolution has experienced various stages, from negative cognition to positive evaluation, from passive response to active participation, from waiting for a chance to creating opportunities, from noninterference in others’ domestic affairs to assuming obligations of a responsible power, all of which meant to safeguard China’s growing vital interests and national security in the region and meanwhile avoids sectarian and geopolitical entanglement. Through five case studies of China’s responses to Iran-Iraq war of 1980-1988, the first Gulf War of 1991, the second Iraq War of 2003, the Yemen Crisis of 2015, the Iran-Saudi discord of 2016, the article finds that, the cornerstone of China’s involvement in the Gulf security affairs hinges on its principle of “keeping good terms with all parties, choosing no side and offending nobody”. Chinese officials believe that such approach will be conducive to the improvement of China’s international discourse—a more persuasive one—to increase its “moral appeal” and political influence, and keeps “zero enemy” with all parties in the Gulf, a Chinese-styled “Taiji diplomacy”. However, such even-handedness will meet more and more hurdles in reality and can hardly sustain in the longer term.
 
 
 

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