China’s Metastasizing Terrorist Threat

Monday 13 February 2017

Meeting of the Strategic Observatory on China by Raffaello Pantucci

Asia Centre’s Strategic Observatory on China provides monitoring and analysis on all dimensions of China’s power (strategic, political, industrial, economic and financial). Focused on internal politics, PLA modernization, and China’s security and foreign policy in Asia and in the world, and its impact on French and European interests, the Observatory gathers a community of experts, academics and representatives of the public sector, and spreads and shares findings with an international audience of China specialists.

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With a growing international footprint, China is increasingly finding its nationals and interests caught up in terrorist attacks or territory threatened by terrorist groups. At the same time, China is finding its domestic threat associated with Uighur militancy has not only become increasingly worse at home, but is also spreading its wings internationally with Uighurs showing up fighting on the battlefield in Syria and Iraq, in terrorist attacks in Turkey, Central Asia and alongside networks in Indonesia. Mr Pantucci’s presentation will briefly touch upon the threat that is faced, but also focus on how China is mitigating this threat at home and abroad. He will focus on explaining how China is seeking to respond to this threat, and how this response may evolve further in the future.

Rafaello Pantucci is currently the director of International Security Studies at RUSI (Royal United Services Institute). His research focuses on counter-terrorism as well as China’s relations with its Western neighbours. He is the author of «We Love Death As You Love Life: Britain’s Suburban Terrorists» (London: Hurst, April 2015/US: Oxford University Press, forthcoming). He is currently completing a writing project looking at Chinese interests in Central Asia.
Prior to coming to RUSI, Raffaello lived for over three years in Shanghai, where he was a visiting scholar at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (SASS). Before that he worked in London at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington. He has also held positions at the European Council of Foreign Relations (ECFR) and is an associate fellow at the International Center for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) at King’s College, London.


This meeting will be chaired by Pr. Jean-Luc Racine (Asia Centre / CNRS).

Invitation required.


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