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Handbook on China and Developing Countries

Handbook on China and Developing Countries

Handbooks of Research on Contemporary China series

Edited by Carla P. Freeman

This Handbook explores the rapidly evolving and increasingly multifaceted relations between China and developing countries. Cutting-edge analyses by leading experts from around the world critically assess such timely issues as the ‘China model’, Beijing’s role in international development assistance, Chinese peacekeeping and South-South relations, and developing countries and the internationalization of the renminbi. Chapters also examine China’s engagement with individual countries and regions throughout the developing world. For scholars, practitioners, and postgraduates, the volume’s breadth and depth of coverage will inform and guide present and future analysis.

Chapter 11: China’s role in UN peacekeeping operations

Bernardo Mariani

Subjects: asian studies, asian development, asian politics and policy, development studies, asian development, development studies, politics and public policy, asian politics, international politics


Once a strident critic of international peacekeeping, China is today an important player in the enterprise – as of December 2013, contributing 2,078 peacekeepers to ten UN peacekeeping operations. At the time of writing, China’s twelfth peacekeeping engineering detachment to South Sudan has been formally established and will be sent to the crisis-ridden African country in mid-March 2014. Observers trace in China’s stance an attitudinal trajectory: from outright rejection of peacekeeping in the 1970s, through gradual shifts in the 1980s and 1990s toward acceptance of UN peacekeeping operations, to active, if cautious, engagement from 1999 onward. Indeed, until 1989, China had no peacekeeping forces; since the early 2000s, however, the deployment of Chinese uniformed personnel to UN peacekeeping operations has increased twenty-fold.

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