By Gerald Chan
The increase of China has thrown open many vital and fascinating questions: Will a powerful China behave responsibly in international affairs, complying with the foundations and norms of the ‘international community’? Or will it defy ‘universal standards’, and struggle as a substitute for its personal pursuits and people of the constructing international, thereby demanding the worldwide order ruled by means of the West? the 1st of its type to gauge in a accomplished demeanour China’s accountability in global affairs, this booklet scrutinizes China’s compliance with foreign principles and norms, embodied within the treaties that it has signed or ratified, specially within the components of exchange, hands keep watch over and non- proliferation, safety of our environment, and human rights. The publication additionally examines Sino-US family members, because the US heavily displays China’s compliance in international affairs. it really is that habit that's mostly deciding on the relative emphasis wear engagement with or containment of China through the West, and via the U.S. specifically.
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Extra resources for China's Compliance in Global Affairs: Trade, Arms Control, Environmental Protection, Human Rights (Series on Contemporary China, 3 (Series on Contemporary China)
107. 11 Malcolm N. Shaw, International law, 4th ed (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997), p. 542. 12 Robert Jackson and Georg Sørensen, Introduction to international relations, 2nd ed (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003), pp. 158–160. B337_Ch2 8/10/2005 FA 3:57 PM Page 38 38 Chapter 2 of individuals are subsumed under the collective needs of the community. The elements of individualism, freedom, and democracy are fundamental to the Western thinking of responsibility. To protect and sustain these elements, rules have to be made and followed.
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.
Collective moral agency and international relations (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003). 3 Andrew Heywood, Key concepts in politics (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2000), p. 145. B337_Ch1 8/10/2005 3:56 PM Page 13 FA The Idea of Responsibility: China Looking Inside Out 13 moral conviction rather than a legal obligation. It has a strong ethical underpinning nurtured by centuries of culture and tradition. Indeed morality plays an important part in Chinese foreignpolicy behaviour, depending on the time and the circumstances in which events take place.