China matters globally. Not only in international trade and economics, but also and increasingly in international politics and security, be in East Asia, Central Asia and further away from home in Africa, Central and South America. Along with China ‘going global’ in international politics comes a vivid and at times controversial debate in scholarly and policymaking circles on what kind of international actor China will become in the future. While the China’s bashers are out on a mission to convince the world that China will be everything but ‘rising peacefully’ and instead become a ‘revisionist’ state seeking to challenge and change the international order and system on its terms, Beijing policymakers continue to invest resources and intellectual capital into persuading the world that China is already the ‘responsible stakeholder’, ‘responsible great power’ the world wants China to be. To be sure, while increasingly accepting and endorsing the rules and norms of international politics, economics and security, a ‘responsible great power’, it is argued in China, should be allowed to embrace international norms and rules adding a few ‘Chinese characteristics’ to them. While Beijing is gradually adjusting the so-called ‘principle of non-interference’ as the guiding mantra of its foreign, China will continue not to compromise on what it refers to as its ‘core interests’, come what may: social stability territorial integrity. On the credit side, China has deployed more peacekeepers to UN peacekeeping missions than its fellow UN Security Council members combined and is no longer always and categorically vetoing UN Security Council sanctions imposed on the planet’s ‘rogue nations.’ China - as one our authors argues - feels misunderstood and has yet to convince the outside world that its rise will be peaceful and non turning the country into a regional and global bully.
Scarica: China as Actor in International Politics and Security-Debates, Labels and Controversies, maggio 2011