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Call for questions: China and global governance

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13 December 2011 14:20

Peter Martin and David Cohen are conducting a series of interviews, using reader-submitted questions, with Chinese academics and journalists. Previous installments in this series here and here.

Later this week, we'll be speaking to Professor Pang Zhongying of People's University about China and global governance, discussing Beijing's relationship with global bodies like the UN and the WTO, and regional organisations like ASEAN and China's own Shanghai Cooperation Organization. Pang is a professor of international relations and the founding director of the Center for the Study of Global Governance at People's University.

As with the previous interviews in this series, we're calling on you to provide questions via blogeditor@lowyinstitute.org .

Since the 1990s, China's attitude towards global bodies has become increasingly confident and its policies increasingly active, although it continues to fear that these bodies might be used used as levers to force China's hand on a range of issues China considers part of its sovereign domain, especially human rights. 

China made major efforts in the 1990s to join world bodies, making costly commitments as part of its application for membership in the WTO, which it joined in 2001, and signing the UN Convention on Human Rights. After the financial crisis, many expect to see an emboldened China acting as a leader.

Chinese participation in international agreements and bodies is becoming increasingly important to other countries. Global environmental agreements will be meaningless without the participation of the world's largest carbon emitter, while the Six-Party Talks over North Korea's nuclear weapons program hinges on China's role as a facilitator. Foreign companies are eager to see China join the WTO Convention on Government Procurement, which would limit China's power to favour domestic companies.

Pang is an advocate of increased participation in global governance, arguing that China's rising power and prominence oblige it to take on a greater role, and give it opportunities to pursue its own interests. He argues that China should be involved in shaping the international system to redress traditional imbalances in the West's favour. Pang has also written about international governance reform, cooperation among emerging powers, and comparative regional government.

We look forward to reading your questions: blogeditor@lowyinstitute.org .

Photo by Flickr user United Nations Photo.

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