1st Edition

China in UN Security Council Decision-Making on Iraq Conflicting Understandings, Competing Preferences

By Suzanne Xiao Yang Copyright 2013
    306 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    288 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    With the rupture of the UN Security Council in March 2003 over the US spearheaded intervention in Iraq, the attempts made to subject the use of force to the rule of law had failed. Widespread Europe-US disagreement of the role of the UNSC has hindered more effective decisions for China and its European and American counterparts in the Security Council.

    Iraq, China and the UN Security Council examines the role of China's policy behaviour in relation to the Iraq intervention, in order to develop a better understanding of this fast-rising power within the UN. It looks at key questions such as: What consequences may arise if China’s actions are based on a set of values and national interests far removed from those of the major Western powers? Could China’s attitude disrupt the traditional working and normative practice of the United Nations?

    The book will be of interest to scholars and students of international relations and Chinese Politics.  


    1. Introduction  Part 1: The Strategic Preferences Framework  2. The Reasons for Action: Strategic Preferences in Explaining Foreign Policy  3. China’s Strategic Preferences in the UN Security Council, 1971-the mid 1980s  Part 2: The Case Studies  4. China’s Decisions in the Security Council over the Use of Force (1990-2002)  5. State Sovereignty vs. Humanitarian Intervention: China’s Position over the Establishment of “No-Fly Zones” (1991-1992)  6. China and the UN Sanctions Regime against Iraq (1991-2002)  7. Weapons Inspections: China, the UN and the Disarming of Iraq (1991-2002)  Part 3: The Implications  8. Conclusions


    Suzanne Xiao Yang is Lecturer in International Relations at King’s China Institute, King’s College London, and Non-residential Senior Research Fellow in International and Security Studies at Peking University Centre for International and Strategic Studies, Beijing.