Journal Articles | 28 August 2006

Angel or dragon? China and the United Nations

An essay by Dr Michael Fullilove on China and the United Nations appears in the September/October edition of the American periodical, The National Interest. 

Michael Fullilove

  • Michael Fullilove

An essay by Dr Michael Fullilove on China and the United Nations appears in the September/October edition of the American periodical, The National Interest. 

Michael Fullilove

  • Michael Fullilove
On this page

Executive Summary

In his article Dr Fullilove argues that China's assertiveness and influence at the UN is following the same growth curve as its economic performance and military capacity. China is increasingly active in the Security Council; it deploys more UN peacekeeping personnel than any other permanent member; and it sends first-rate people to the international organisation. Beijing has stepped up in New York just as Washington has stepped back. However there are limits to China's Damascene conversion and Dr Fullilove argues that China needs to do more to nurture the international system it hopes to help lead.

Dr Fullilove made a similar argument in an op-ed in The International Herald Tribune on 24 August 2006.