Counter-terrorism with Chinese characteristics

Rosita Dellios*

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Counter-terrorism in the People’s Republic of China (PRC, China) is largely a domestic affair aimed at non-Han ethnic groups who challenge the status quo through acts of political resistance, including bombings and self-immolation. China’s population of 1.3 billion comprises 56 ethnic groups, the largest at 91.6% being Han. Yet 60% of China’s territory is populated by non-Han minorities. They are mostly the Turkic-speaking people in the northwest and Tibetans in China’s far west. It is here in these remote but strategically important areas of China that terrorism takes on its ‘Chinese characteristics’, that is, the threat of secession and its manifold implications. With China’s global interests spreading, especially via the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) by which China is emerging as a major transregional power, counter-terrorism efforts are also projected beyond the PRC’s borders. In both domestic and international efforts to combat terrorism, China has taken a determined stance, comprehensively employing military, paramilitary, political, technological, and regional security measures. This chapter examines the perceived threat, the response, and its efficacy – all within the wider lens of China’s own experience and a security doctrine that sees political dissent as insipient terrorism
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Terrorism and Counter Terrorism Post 9/11
EditorsDavid Martin Jones, Paul Schulte, Carl Ungerer, M.L.R. Smith
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781786438027
ISBN (Print) 978 1 78643 801 0
Publication statusPublished - 4 Dec 2019


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