1st Edition

China and Human Rights in North Korea
Debating a “Developmental Approach” in Northeast Asia

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ISBN 9781032006000
November 1, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
216 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Exploring the "China factor" in the North Korean human rights debate, this book evaluates the advantages and disadvantages of applying the Chinese development-based approach to human rights in the DPRK.

The contributors to this book treat the relevance of the Chinese experience to the DPRK seriously and  evaluate how it might apply to easing North Korean human rights issues.They engage with the debate about the relevance of the developmental or development-based approach to North Korea. In doing so they problematise, scrutinise and contextualise the development-based approach in Northeast Asia, including China, and examine different responses to the developmental approach and the influence of domestic politics on these responses.

A valuable contribution to discussions on possible ways forward for human right in North Korea, and an insightful critique of the Northeast Asian development model more broadly.

Table of Contents

Part 1: The Global Politics of Human Rights in North Korea 1: A developmental approach to North Korea’s human rights problem: Lessons from China? Baogang He, Chengxin Pan, & David Hundt 2: North Korea’s Human Rights: The View from the United Nations Michael Kirby 3: China’s roles in the UN Human Rights Council regarding North Korea’s human rights Baogang He Part 2: The Developmental Approach and Regional Actors 4: A development-based approach to human rights: The case of China and its implications for North Korea Chengxin Pan 5: Development or human rights first? Japan’s approach to North Korea Kim Kyungmook 6: Debating human rights and the development-led approach in South Korea David Hundt & Danielle Chubb Part 3: Prospects for the development-led approach in North Korea 7: The Constraints of North Korean Domestic Politics and the potential of China’s Developmental Approach Baogang He & David Hundt 8: Choosing a developmental approach for and in North Korea David Hundt & Baogang He

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Baogang He is the Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, Alfred Deakin Professor, Chair in International Relations, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts & Education, Deakin University. Graduated with PhD in Political Science from Australian National University in 1994, Professor He has become widely known for his work in Chinese democratization and politics, in particular the deliberative politics in China as well as in Asian politics covering Asian regionalism, Asian federalism and Asian multiculturalism.

David Hundt is an associate professor of International Relations at Deakin University. He has analysed existing approaches from the US towards North Korea, and has illustrated that the DPRK has confounded successive American administrations. North Korea has severely frustrated the superpower's interests, and consequently there has been no discernible progress on improving human rights inside the DPRK.

Chengxin Pan is an associate professor of International Relations at Deakin University. His research has focused on international relations in the Asia-Pacific, Chinese politics, and foreign policy. His constructivist analysis of responsible government in China shows how discourses and norms play an important role in the development of responsible government and human rights in China. His research on the role of norm diffusion and convergence in the Taiwan conflict cautions against the optimistic view of the relationship between peace and norm diffusion.


"China and Human Rights in North Korea offers a fresh, thought-provoking perspective on human rights that will surely stimulate lively debate among human rights scholars and practitioners. In this important new volume, the editors paradoxically turn to China as a potential model for advancing human rights in North Korea. In particular, the editors and their contributors explore how a development-based approach to human rights as adopted by China and practiced in other East Asian countries offers a viable path for improving rights in North Korea and beyond."---Andrew Yeo, Professor of Politics at The Catholic University of America and co-editor of North Korean Human Rights: Activists and Networks.