Assessing Polemics, Principles and Practices: China and the Responsibility to Protect

Teitt, S. (2009) Assessing Polemics, Principles and Practices: China and the Responsibility to Protect. Global Responsibility to Protect, 1 2: 208-236. doi:10.1163/187598409X424306

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Author Teitt, S.
Title Assessing Polemics, Principles and Practices: China and the Responsibility to Protect
Journal name Global Responsibility to Protect   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1875-9858
Publication date 2009-03
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1163/187598409X424306
Volume 1
Issue 2
Start page 208
End page 236
Total pages 29
Editor Bellamy, Alex J.
Place of publication Netherlands
Publisher Martinus Nijhoff
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject C1
9403 International Relations
1606 Political Science
Abstract This article offers an overview of subtle yet significant shifts in Beijing's stance on non-interference and evolving standards of responsible and responsive international engagement in humanitarian crises to highlight China's firm, but cautious, support for the responsibility to protect (R2P). Although it is reticent to apply sanctions and objects to nonconsensual force, China has clearly and consistently affirmed the R2P principle and issued corresponding statements in favor of bolstering the UN's capacity to avert mass atrocity. China's statements provide a basis for Beijing to play a constructive, if reserved, role in translating the responsibility to protect from principle to practice. This article argues that the path of most promise and least resistance for consolidating China's support for implementing the responsibility to protect is paved in practical engagement rather than polemics. It concludes with specific measures that may be taken for China to contribute to upholding the global pledge to protect populations from genocide, ethnic cleansing, war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Keyword 2005 World Summit Outcome Document
UN Peacekeeping
UN Charter
Five principles of peaceful coexistence
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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