China as a P5 Player

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Political Science book series (BRIEFSPOLITICAL)


The outbreak of the Arab Uprisings has brought to the fore the growing diplomatic heft of China, the only Asian member of the Permanent Five in the UN Security Council. Together with Russia, China has been putting its stamp on how the political crises in the Middle East and North Africa should be handled and resolved by the international community. At the heart of China’s approach to conflict resolution by the Security Council is its defence of the long-standing principle of state sovereignty and how this should be reconciled with the growing push by the international community, largely by the West, for humanitarian intervention—a concept that remains controversial and perceived by the developing South and weak states as a cloak for neo-imperialism. The resulting fundamental tension between these competing pulls is manifested in the power politics at the UN. China’s position over the issue of international humanitarian intervention in Libya and Syria, is itself, however, under pressure at home as domestic critics debate Beijing’s traditional conservative adherence to the principle of non-interference. In truth, China’s attitude towards the idea of international humanitarian intervention is still evolving.


Non-intervention Non-interference New interventionism Libyan model Darfur Harmonious world theory 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Nanyang Technological UniversitySingaporeSingapore

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