China's Private Army: Protecting the New Silk Road by Alessandro Arduino

China's Private Army: Protecting the New Silk Road

byAlessandro Arduino

Kobo ebook | December 15, 2017

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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.

Title:China's Private Army: Protecting the New Silk RoadFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:December 15, 2017Publisher:Springer SingaporeLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:9811072159

ISBN - 13:9789811072154

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