The National Defense University in Washington published in 2015 a book titled The People's Liberation Army and Contingency Planning in China edited by Andrew Scobell, Arthur S. Ding, Phillip C. Saunders, and Scott W. Harold.
Chapter 13 is titled "The PLA and Far Seas Contingencies: Chinese Capabilities for Noncombatant Evacuation Operations" by Michael S. Chase, Rand Corporation. It covers the 2011 evacuation of Chinese nationals from Libya.
Chapter 14 is titled "PLA Navy Planning for Out of Area Deployments" by Kristen Gunness and Samuel K. Berkowitz, both at the Rand Corporation. It discusses far seas operations and the anti-piracy effort in the Gulf of Aden.