China's Private Army

Protecting the New Silk Road

Authors: Arduino, Alessandro

  • Explores the role that Chinese Private Security Companies play in protecting people and property associated with the Belt and Road Initiative
  • Investigates the extent of Chinese investment through Central Asia, Africa, and the Middle East and the at times hostile local responses
  • Analyzes China's new model of power projection through economic and military force
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About this book

This book illustrates the role that Private Security Companies (PSC) with ‘Chinese characteristics’ play in protecting people and property associated with the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The revival of the ancient Silk Road economic “belt,” combined with the 21st Century sea lanes of communication known as the “road,” is intended to enhance global connectivity and increase commercial activity. However, the socio-political risks associated with Chinese outbound direct investments are often overlooked. Terrorism, separatism, kidnapping and other risks are mostly new to Chinese companies, some of which are operating abroad for the first time. Economic globalization and the transnational exploitation of natural resources have increased the need for Chinese-owned PSCs in spite of the disdain for the profession of “a lance for hire.” Due to peculiar geo-strategic and geo-economic features, the “belt” from Central Asia to Pakistan and the “road” from the Somali coast to the Strait of Malacca are characterized by a high level of insecurity. This book’s focus on how the state’s monopoly of force privatization can play a significant role in protecting the New Silk Road will be of interest to policymakers, journalists, and academics.

About the authors

Dr. Alessandro Arduino is the co–director of the Security & Crisis Management (SCM) program at the Shanghai Academy of Social Science (SASS-UNITO). Dr. Arduino's two decades of experience in China encompasses security analysis and crisis management. His main research interests include China’s political economy, Sovereign Wealth Funds, and Private Security Corporations.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Protecting the New Silk Road

    Arduino, Alessandro

    Pages 1-30

  • From Shadow to Hype

    Arduino, Alessandro

    Pages 31-67

  • Protecting Chinese Overseas Interests

    Arduino, Alessandro

    Pages 69-113

  • Globalization and the Market for Force

    Arduino, Alessandro

    Pages 115-150

  • Conclusion

    Arduino, Alessandro

    Pages 151-170

Buy this book

eBook $39.99
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  • ISBN 978-981-10-7215-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $54.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-981-10-7214-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
China's Private Army
Book Subtitle
Protecting the New Silk Road
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-981-10-7215-4
DOI
10.1007/978-981-10-7215-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-10-7214-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 176
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