China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi meets French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China November 24, 2017. REUTERS/Jason Lee
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China has traditionally rejected U.S.-style interventionism, but its deepening economic involvement in volatile countries is thrusting Beijing toward a more assertive global role. China's foreign policy has been guided by its principle of "noninterference in other countries' internal affairs," which emerged in 1954 when it was a much weaker nation.While Beijing remains rhetorically committed to the stance, it is now a very different power, boasting the world's largest standing army and the second-biggest economy.President Xi Jinping presented an ambitious goal of turning China into a global superpower with a first-rate army during a Communist Party congress last month that further consolidated his power.Even without direct military intervention, China has found itself embroiled in politics abroad despite its wish to remain an amoral political force.China had a long-running relationship with Robert Mugabe and has significant investments to protect in the country.
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