Chinese scholars are closely monitoring the deteriorating situation in Libya with an eye on whether instability there will spread to other countries in North Africa, particularly Algeria and Sudan. Sun Xia from the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences wondered whether the twin forces of declining oil prices and a civil war in Libya will spark a “second Arab Spring.”
Now, it’s important to note that in a Chinese context, any reference to the Arab Spring is politically significant given Beijing’s high levels of insecurity over a similar people-led movement erupting at home. In fact, the term is largely banned on Chinese social media.
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