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By Gerald Chan

ISBN-10: 9812565043

ISBN-13: 9789812565044

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ISBN-13: 9789812700872

The increase of China has thrown open many vital and engaging questions: Will a powerful China behave responsibly in global affairs, complying with the principles and norms of the ‘international community’? Or will it defy ‘universal standards’, and struggle as an alternative for its personal pursuits and people of the constructing international, thereby tough the worldwide order ruled through the West? the 1st of its sort to gauge in a finished demeanour China’s accountability in international affairs, this ebook scrutinizes China’s compliance with overseas ideas and norms, embodied within the treaties that it has signed or ratified, particularly within the parts of alternate, hands regulate and non- proliferation, defense of our environment, and human rights. The publication additionally examines Sino-US relatives, because the US heavily displays China’s compliance in international affairs. it really is that habit that is principally identifying the relative emphasis wear engagement with or containment of China by way of the West, and via the united states specifically.

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The first is that China is at present not really behaving responsibly or, at most, it is negatively rather than positively responsible. 1 This is basically an assumption held by Western observers, especially those in the United States. Is this assumption warranted? If the answer is yes, then what can the West do to make China behave 1 The idea of negative rather than positive responsibility is used by Harry Harding in his review of Elizabeth Economy and Michel Oksenberg (eds), China joins the world: progress and prospects (New York: Council on Foreign Relations, 1999), The China Quarterly, No.

9 Some states choose to follow some rules while breaking others, whether they relate to human rights, trade, or political sovereignty. What is responsible to some may appear to be irresponsible to others. 10 If absolute or complete consensus is so difficult to achieve, then perhaps relative or near consensus may be achievable. Very often it is based on some sort of relative or near consensus that a group of like-minded states take collective action to tackle world problems. Sometimes it requires a strong power to take the lead to galvanise or forge a collective action.

When China was weak and isolated, responsibility did not seem to figure much as an issue, especially when viewed from a Western perspective. At that time it was, for the West, a matter of trying to contain China, to confront it, to stop it from spreading its form of communism and revolution, and to use it as a lever to balance the power of other countries like the former Soviet Union. The assumption here is that a rising China should assume greater responsibilities in world affairs. Whether China is a responsible power or not carried profound implications for US policy, according to Cheng Sijin, a Chinese national conducting research in the US: “If China behaves (or can be made to behave) responsibly, engagement might be the best way to 39 A recently published book in China casts serious doubts on the benefits of the process of globalisation to China and sparks off heated debates among academics about the merits of China’s active interactions with the outside world.

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