New Chinese Activism in the Mediterranean Politique étrangère, Vol. 81, No. 4, Winter 2016-2017
Chinese presence in the Mediterranean is increasing: propositions for cooperation forums with various southern European countries, investment in port terminals, military maneuvering, evacuation of citizens, etc.
The Mediterranean is probably not at the top of China’s list of concerns, but it remains a necessary point of passage for Chinese exports to Europe, and it plays a significant part in the strategic thinking behind the new silk roads.
Alice Ekman is Researcher fellow, Head of China research of the Center for Asian Studies, Ifri.