China’s Evolving Approach to Peacekeeping by Marc Lanteigne, Miwa Hirono

By Marc Lanteigne, Miwa Hirono

China has turn into an enthusiastic supporter of and contributor to UN peacekeeping. Is China’s participation in peacekeeping prone to enhance the present foreign peacekeeping regime through China’s adopting of the foreign norms of peacekeeping? Or, to the contrary, is it prone to adjust the peacekeeping norms in a manner that aligns with its personal worldview? And, as China’s foreign self assurance grows, will it start to reflect on peacekeeping a smaller and lesser a part of its overseas defense task, and therefore no longer care rather a lot approximately it?

This publication goals to deal with those questions by means of studying how the PRC has built its peacekeeping coverage and practices on the subject of its foreign prestige. It does so through bringing in either historic and conceptual analyses and particular case-oriented discussions of China’s peacekeeping over the last two decades. The booklet identifies some of the demanding situations that China has confronted at political, conceptual and operational degrees and the ways that the rustic has handled these demanding situations, and considers the implication of such demanding situations on the subject of the way forward for overseas peacekeeping.

This e-book was once initially released as a distinct factor of International Peacekeeping.

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58 Given this context, it is unsurprising that many African states are labelled in an arguably derogatory fashion such as ‘lacking development’. Again, these sentiments are intensely hierarchical, and reflect paternalistic thinking that China and the ‘international community’ can teach the underdeveloped world with by means of ‘selfless’ actions towards ‘childlike’ polities that are defined along crude racial lines. Such thinking also dovetails with Chinese debates on what a ‘responsible great power’ is.

63 The Chinese have hosted meetings such as the 2004 Shanghai ‘Conference for Scaling up Poverty Reduction and Global Learning Process’, and the assumption that China can offer a ‘model’ of development for the developing world is never far below the surface in the writings of many Chinese commentators. 64 Even if explicit ‘teaching’ is not undertaken by the PRC, paternalism remains visible in the literature concerning the ‘Chinese model’ of economic growth. 65 This can be interpreted as an attempt to demonstrate that, [u]nlike Western colon(ial)ists, [the Chinese] do not go about educating or ‘reforming’ natives, but show them an example of success.

BBC Monitoring Service, International Reports]. 29. ‘China Opens First Peacekeeping Training Center’, China Daily, 25 June 2009 [trans. BBC Monitoring Service, International Reports]. 30. Ping Zhang, ‘Remarks on the People’s Liberation Army’s Participation in UN Peacekeeping Operations’, speech at conference on ‘Multi-dimensional and Integrated Peace Operations: Trends and Challenges’, Beijing, 26 –7 Mar. 2007. 31. Ibid. 32. 3– 4. 33. ‘Defence Ministry Touts Deepened China– ASEAN Security Cooperation’, Xinhua News, 30 Mar.

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