Why Fresh Thinking on the South China Sea is a Problem

Written by Kerry Brown. Almost certainly one of the headaches that a new American president will have to start engaging with when they finally come into office in a year and a half’s time will be the complex claims and counter-claims over sovereignty and maritime borders in the South and East China Sea. Issues that once …

China’s principle of intervention

Written by Miwa Hirono. Until the turn of the century, China’s response towards international conflicts had been based on the principle of non-intervention affirmed at the Bandung Conference in 1955. However, since the beginning of the 2000s, it seems China has begun to take mixed approaches to dealing with various international conflicts, ranging from a …

Revisiting China’s Non-Interference Policy Towards Intrastate Wars

Written by Mordechai Chaziza and Ogen S. Goldman. Since its foundation, Beijing has experienced several major shifts in its behaviour towards the outside world. As a long-time champion of equal sovereignty, non-interference and peaceful resolution of conflicts, China has displayed extreme caution in refraining from interfering in the domestic affairs of other countries and from endorsing the …

The Two States of Nature in Chinese Non-interventionism

Written by Chih-yu Shih. It is easy to spot a contradiction between theory and practice in any government’s foreign policy, whether of a hegemonic government such as the United States, or the government of a rising power such as China. In the following, I will explore and compare the foundations in political thought of one …

China and Intervention: Is Beijing really a ‘monster’ that protects tyrants?

Written by Shogo Suzuki. The People’s Republic of China (PRC) has long been considered a conservative power with regards to sovereignty and intervention. China’s history of being reduced to a ‘semi-colony’ at the hands of the Western powers and being forced to undertake ‘modernisation’ to fulfil the Western-dictated ‘standard of civilisation’ has left a powerful …

China’s non-interference policy: PRC leaders and the realist perspective

Written by Edward Friedman. How would a realist IR theorist describe the purposes and actual behavior in a CCP claim that PRC foreign policy is premised on a principle of non-interference? How would a PRC leader comment on the realist analysis? From a realist IR perspective, “the strong do what they will; the weak do what they …

Special Issue on China’s Non-interference Policy

For decades, the principle of non-interference has been an unchanging pillar of China’s foreign policy–in rhetorical terms if not always in behaviour. The non-interference principle has served to protect China from outside interference as well as protecting Beijing’s allies from the pressure at the United Nations and other international institutions. However, as China assumes a greater …

Who lost Ukraine?

Written by Neil Munro. In a televised interview with Russian journalists this week, Vladimir Putin made the claim that a “revolutionary situation” had existed in Ukraine since 1991. The ordinary Ukrainian had seen little benefit from the Soviet collapse and subsequent transformations of the economy and politics. Corruption and the growth of social inequality had …