Stringent Internal Security Regime Keeps Conflict Risks At Bay
China is one of the world's major military powers, and employs a stringent internal security regime which does not tolerate dissent. These factors largely keep conflict risks at bay, as the mainland is unlikely to come under attack by a foreign power and armed opposition is generally dealt with swiftly, reducing security risks for businesses in the country. Nevertheless, the risk of China becoming involved in an interstate conflict remains pertinent due to its dogged pursuit of territorial claims against a range of other Asian states, most of which are backed by the US. In addition, Islamist separatists have mounted an insurgency in the remote northern region of Xinjiang, and proved capable of launching attacks in major cities in 2013.