By Gerald Chan
The increase of China has thrown open many very important and fascinating questions: Will a powerful China behave responsibly in international affairs, complying with the principles and norms of the ‘international community’? Or will it defy ‘universal standards’, and struggle as a substitute for its personal pursuits and people of the constructing international, thereby hard the worldwide order ruled by means of the West? the 1st of its variety to gauge in a complete demeanour China’s accountability in global affairs, this e-book scrutinizes China’s compliance with overseas principles and norms, embodied within the treaties that it has signed or ratified, specially within the components of alternate, hands keep an eye on and non- proliferation, safeguard of our environment, and human rights. The ebook additionally examines Sino-US family, because the US heavily displays China’s compliance in global affairs. it truly is that habit that's mostly choosing the relative emphasis wear engagement with or containment of China by way of the West, and by way of the united states specifically.
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When China was weak and isolated, responsibility did not seem to figure much as an issue, especially when viewed from a Western perspective. At that time it was, for the West, a matter of trying to contain China, to confront it, to stop it from spreading its form of communism and revolution, and to use it as a lever to balance the power of other countries like the former Soviet Union. The assumption here is that a rising China should assume greater responsibilities in world affairs. Whether China is a responsible power or not carried profound implications for US policy, according to Cheng Sijin, a Chinese national conducting research in the US: “If China behaves (or can be made to behave) responsibly, engagement might be the best way to 39 A recently published book in China casts serious doubts on the benefits of the process of globalisation to China and sparks off heated debates among academics about the merits of China’s active interactions with the outside world.
Emphasis mine. 11 B337_Ch1 8/10/2005 FA 3:56 PM Page 12 12 Chapter 1 • • What international society are we talking about? Why raise the issue of China’s responsibility now? WHAT IS MEANT BY RESPONSIBILITY? According to The concise Oxford dictionary, the word “responsible” means: 1. liable to be called to account (to a person or for a thing); 2. morally accountable for one’s actions; capable of rational conduct; and 3. of good credit, position, or repute; respectable; evidently trustworthy. Seemingly the word “responsible” or “responsibility” carries legal, moral, as well as social connotations, and since legal, moral, and social standards vary across cultures, to a greater or lesser extent, the concept of responsibility would inevitably be laden with value judgements: responsibility refers to something ethical or desirable.
21, Princeton University, 1991. B337_Ch1 8/10/2005 FA 3:56 PM Page 26 26 Chapter 1 Underlying the idea and practice of bringing China into the system is the assumption that China is not in — it is out; it is the Other. This is basically a Western perspective. From China’s own point of view, it has been part and parcel of international society since China began to interact with the outside world, only that it has not been a hegemonic power in the global sense, reaching out and setting rules for others to follow, but instead is an underdog of the system.