, Volume 92, Number 4

Kai Chen
What can we expect from Chinese diplomacy in the coming years and what impact will it have on the world? Have there been any changes in direction at the top level in the Xi Jinping era? What are the challenges and opportunities facing Chinese diplomacy in the foreseeable future? China’s government, think-tanks and scholars are exploring these questions from different perspectives. They share a tacit understanding and consistently agree that China needs to fulfil its responsibilities as a major power, but not at the expense of sovereignty and territorial integrity. However, there are three key issues of importance, which are not given adequate attention in any of these circles: non-traditional security issues around national sovereignty and territorial integrity; the recruitment of child soldiers in neighbouring countries; and the rise of the Chinese private security industry.

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