China Governs Borderless Threats: Non-Traditional Security in the Mekong

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China Governs Borderless Threats: Non-Traditional Security in the Mekong

Room 321, Level 3
Sidney Myer Asia Centre

Parkville campus

Booking not required

China is often seen as a 'Westphalian' state, clinging resolutely to sovereignty and non-interference. This is typically seen as a liability in an era where practically every problem appears to be transnational, requiring often-intrusive forms of interstate cooperation to address.

In reality, however, China is increasingly softening its approach to non-interference and extending its governance frontier beyond its borders to manage perceived threats to important interests. This presentation will discuss this phenomenon in general and provide a detailed case study of Chinese efforts to stem the influx of illegal narcotics from the golden triangle by launching opium substitution projects and joint anti-piracy patrols on the Mekong river. The specific interests involved in these governance projects shape their practical implementation, however, leading to results that are often not intended by Beijing.

PresentersDr Lee Jones

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