Chairman of the Central Committee and President of China - Summary
China is very concerned about the unrest in Zefra and its potential to spread to Daloon. China has commercial interests in both counties.
In Zefra the nuclear power plants were constructed by Chinese engineers and a cadre has remained to keep the plants operating.
From time to time Chinese forces have trained in Zefra, thanks to an ongoing cordial relationship with Zefran leaders and with the military forces of Zefra. This has been limited to small units, e.g., company level, to ensure no one sees it as agressive.
For convenience small groups of personnel of the PLA Air Force are stationed at air bases in Zefra to assist Chinese transport aircraft that support these frequent military training exercises. This amounts to about 50 personnel commanded by an Air Force major at each of two air bases. They have small arms for self protection. They have some equipment, but it is only for loading and unloading transport aircraft.
For many years China has been investing in the recently discovered natural gas fields off the East coast of Daloon. While Chinese relations with the Daloon government are not as cordial as they are with the Zefran government, the people of Daloon have benefited greatly from the Chinese investment. The support to the natural gas industry has resulted in a considerable boost to the employment of Daloon citizens.
When the problems in Zefra were taken to the UN, China initially saw a UN-supported coalition force as a low-cost option to protect Chinese workers in Zefra, and potentially in Daloon as well. The main concern was that the coalition force would be led by the US, with a considerable number of US troops arriving in Zefra. When the US administration offered a side deal that US forces would not be part of the coalition in return for China refraining from vetoing the initiative at the Security Council, this seemed like an excellent bargain to deal with Zefra without US interference. However, it now appears that informal links between the US and the UN-led coalition force will result in considerable US influence after all. This amounts to a violation of the China-US side agreement in principle, if not in law. Many in Beijing are saying: "Typical of the Americans... they just cannot resist interfering where they have no business!"
Ensure the safety of Chinese nationals in Zefra and Daloon
Prevent the situation from leading to an increase in US influence in the Asia-Pacific region
Demonstrate leadership in foreign policy
Criteria for Decision Making
Go to any extent to ensure US influence in the region does not increase. Under appropriate conditions, this might include military actions... as long as China appears to be the "good guy".