Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism in China

Domestic and Foreign Policy Dimensions

Edited by
October 2018 9781849048774 280pp


China’s problem with terrorism has historically been considered an outgrowth of Beijing’s efforts to integrate the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region into the People’s Republic of China. Since the end of the Cold War, however, this internal dynamic has converged with an evolving external environment, stimulating the development of linkages between Uyghur separatism and terrorism and broader terrorist movements in Central Asia, South Asia and the Middle East.

This book brings together some of the leading experts on Chinese terrorism, offering the first systematic, scholarly assessment of the country’s approaches to this threat. Four areas of investigation are looked at: the scope and nature of terrorism in China and its connection with developments in other regions; the development of legislative measures to combat terrorism; the institutional evolution of China’s counter-terrorism bureaucracy; and Beijing’s counter-terrorism cooperation with international partners.


‘Michael Clarke’s edited volume combines the viewpoints of scholars with diverse research interests, and it has the potential to become a reference text for students, scholars and practitioners. It examines China’s counter-terrorism policy from a variety of viewpoints—counter-terrorism, ethnography, policymaking, area studies—and makes a valid contribution to various fields by means of an organic and informative narrative.’ — Europe-Asia Studies

‘A useful edited volume on China’s complicated place at the international terrorism table.’ — International Affairs

‘A must-read for serious students of China’s governance.’ — International Institute for Asian Studies

‘This landmark volume is a major contribution to the study of China’s evolving counterterrorism policies. The essays are analytically crisp, insightful and brimming with original research and findings.’ — Alexander Cooley, Director of Columbia University’s Harriman Institute

‘This helpful and well-researched volume provides an important contribution to our knowledge and understanding of a little-known area of Chinese policy and practice. It will be useful for practitioners and academics alike.’ — Roderic Wye, Associate Fellow, Asia-Pacific Programme, Chatham House

‘As China’s power and reach increases so does its problem with “terrorism”, both real and imagined. This pathbreaking new book is an essential guide for navigating the dynamics of Chinese discourse, laws and policies aimed at countering the perceived terror threat.’ — James Leibold, Associate Professor in Politics and Asian Studies, La Trobe University, Melbourne

‘This timely collection of work by top experts highlights recent legal, ideological, and institutional developments in Chinese counterterrorism policy, and should be read by all observers of Chinese politics as the PRC’s global influence expands.’ — James Millward, Professor of Intersocietal History, Georgetown University and author of The Silk Road: A Very Short Introduction


Michael Clarke is Associate Professor at the National Security College, Australian National University. He has published widely on the history and politics of Xinjiang, Uyghur separatism and terrorism, and Chinese foreign policy in Central Asia.

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