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

ISBN 9781032006000
Published November 1, 2021 by Routledge
206 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations

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By 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 Democratic People's Republic of Korea (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 rights 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 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. He graduated with a PhD in Political Science from the Australian National University in 1994. Professor He has become widely known for his work in Chinese democratisation and politics, in particular, the deliberative politics in China as well as in Asian politics covering Asian regionalism, Asian federalism and Asian multiculturalism. His publications are found in top journals, including Science, British Journal of Political Science, Journal of Peace Research, Political Theory, Political Studies and Perspectives on Politics.

David Hundt is Associate Professor of International Relations at Deakin University. His research has a regional focus on the Indo-Pacific, especially South Korea and Australia, and he has explored economic development, foreign policy, immigration and inter-state relations in the region. He has published 3 books, 24 peer-reviewed journal articles and 12 book chapters. The quality of his research has been recognised in the form of awards, prizes and grants. He also has extensive experience in editing academic journals. He has been Editor-in-Chief of Asian Studies Review since 2018.

Chengxin Pan is Associate Professor of International Relations at Deakin University and Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Technology Sydney. He is a co-editor of the Global Political Sociology book series . His book Knowledge, Desire and Power in Global Politics: Western Representations of China’s Rise (2012) was translated and published in Chinese by the Social Sciences Academic Press (SSAP) and won an SSAP Best Book Award in 2017. His latest publications have appeared in European Journal of International Relations, Review of International Studies, Critical Studies on Security and Millennium: Journal of International Studies.


"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.