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China, the UN, and Human Protection: Beliefs, Power, Image

Rosemary Foot


Over a relatively short period of time, Beijing moved from passive involvement with the UN to active engagement. How are we to make sense of the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) embrace of the UN, and what does its engagement mean in larger terms? Is it a ‘supporter’ that takes its fair share of responsibilities, or a ‘spoiler’ that seeks to transform the UN’s contribution to world order? Certainly, it is difficult to label it a ‘shirker’ in the last decade or more, given Beijing’s apparent appreciation of the UN, its provision of public goods to the organization, and its stated desire to of ... More

Keywords: China’s UN policy, United Nations, human protection, UN peace operations, responsibility to protect, Syrian conflict, protection of civilians in armed conflict, women, peace and security, Human Rights Council, development-security nexus

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198843733
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198843733.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rosemary Foot, author
Senior Research Fellow, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford; Emeritus Fellow, St Antony's College, Oxford