What explains China's response to intervention at the UN Security Council? China and Intervention at the UN Security Council
argues that status is an overlooked determinant in understanding its decisions, even in the apex cases that are shadowed by a public discourse calling for foreign-imposed regime change in Sudan, Libya, and Syria. It posits that China reconciles its status dilemma as it weighs decisions to intervene: seeking recognition from both its intervention peer groups of great powers and developing states. Understanding the impact and scope conditions of status answers why China has taken certain positions regarding intervention and how these positions were justified. Foreign policy behavior that complies with status, and related social factors like self-image and identity, means that China can select policy options bearing material costs. China and Intervention at the UN Security Council offers a rich study of Chinese foreign policy, going beyond works available in breadth and in depth. It draws on an extensive collection of data, including over two hundred interviews with UN officials and Chinese foreign policy elites, participant observation at UN Headquarters, and a dataset of Chinese-language analysis regarding foreign-imposed regime change and intervention. The book concludes with new perspectives on the malleability of China's core interests, insights about the application of status for cooperation and the implications of the status dilemma for rising powers.
About the Author
Courtney J. Fung is an Assistant Professor of International Relations at the University of Hong Kong. Her research focuses on how rising powers, like China and India, address the norms and provisions for a global security order. She was most recently a research fellow with the East Asia Institute in their Program on Peace, Governance, and Development in East Asia, and was previously a post-doctoral fellow with the now Columbia-Harvard China and the World Program, based at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University. She held pre-doctoral fellowships with the International Security Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University, and with the Global Peace Operations Program at the Center on International Cooperation, New York University.