The Red Sea crisis and its impact on China's trade

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This article is featured in Orient III/2024.

The Red Sea crisis has added a new dimension to regional instability in the Middle East amidst the Israel-Hamas war. The attack on shipping vessels by the Houthis has disrupted global commerce and logistics, hence impacting the worldwide economy. While the US and its Western allies have taken steps towards maritime security and ensuring freedom of navigation for commercial containers, China—despite its stakes—has taken a muted stance. At best, China’s behaviour can be described as that of a bystander in the Red Sea crisis.

Amrita Jash is Assistant Professor at the Department of Geopolitics and International Relations, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (Institution of Eminence), India. She holds a Ph.D. in Chinese Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University, was a Pavate Fellow at the University of Cambridge and has authored The Concept of Active Defence in China’s Military Strategy (Pentagon Press, 2021) and China’s Japan Policy: Learning from the Past (Palgrave Macmillan, 2023). Her research interests are China’s foreign policy, the Chinese military and security and strategic issues in China-India and China-Japan relations as well as the Indo-Pacific region.

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