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Rights Beyond BordersThe Global Community and the Struggle over Human Rights in China$
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Rosemary Foot

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198297765

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198297769.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
Rights Beyond Borders

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Starts by looking at the reality of the attitude of the global community to China (in view of its past human rights record) and shows how the normative concern for human rights has influenced the behaviour of key actors within the global system. It notes that, as the following chapters of the book will demonstrate, China has been drawn steadily into the discourse on human rights, but does not suggest that there has been a linear forward movement in China's discursive and behavioural practices since the early 1980s. The following (main) sections of the chapter discuss normative diffusion in the global system, and the global community in relation to China. The final section includes a brief overview of the contents of the chapters that are to follow. They are arranged in two sections, the first of which provides the broad setting for the global diplomacy, and the second (Chapters 4–8) adopts a chronological approach to the analysis.

Keywords:   China, global community, history, human rights, human rights discourse, human rights norms, international human rights norms, key actors, normative diffusion

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