China’s strong economic involvement in unstable countries like Zimbabwe and Myanmar is pushing Beijing towards a more decisive international role.
China has consistently renounced US-style interventionism. The foreign policy of the country has always been led by the principle of “non-interference in other countries’ internal affairs’. This began in 1954 when China was a much weaker nation.
Even though Beijing stays committed to its principles, the nation now boasts the second biggest economy and the world’s largest standing army.
This shift paralleled with a change in diplomatic engagement. This is in reference to Beijing recently taking an unusual step of suggesting a strategy for finding a solution to the crisis over Muslim refugees flooding over the border from Myanmar to Bangladesh.
China is now expected to take on a greater responsibility in world affairs according to Kerry Brown, director of the Lau China Institute at King’s College London, as she states that “it’s no longer the little underdog”.