Understanding China’s ‘Non-Intervention Policy’: Studying the Case of Myanmar

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Citation: Hak Yin Li, “Understanding China’s ‘non-intervention policy’: Studying the case of Myanmar”, in Regional Leaders in the Global Security Arena–Interests, Strategies and Capabilities, ed. David Bosold and Kathrin Brockmann (Berlin: German Council on Foreign Affairs, 2009), 43-55.



Abstract: China’s non-intervention policy has long been criticized for prolonging the rule of many authoritarian regimes. When the international community attempted to a launch humanitarian intervention in Sudan or raised the concern of human rights abuses in Myanmar, China held firmly to its non-intervention policy by preventing such a move in the United Nations. It invoked the respect of other countries’ territorial integrity and sovereignty as the primary reason. Expected to be a responsible great power, China has aroused the concerns of many in the international community with the implications of its non-intervention policy.