Handbook on Human Rights in China
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Handbook on Human Rights in China

Edited by Sarah Biddulph and Joshua Rosenzweig

This Handbook gives a wide-ranging account of the theory and practice of human rights in China, viewed against international standards, and China’s international engagements around human rights. The Handbook is organised into the following sections: contested meanings; international dimensions; economic and social rights; civil and political rights; rights in/action and access to justice; political dimensions of human rights in Greater China; and new frontiers.
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Chapter 31: Human rights and China’s international trade and investment relations

Pitman B. Potter


Questions about human rights in China extend beyond China’s boundaries. Over the past several decades, China’s spectacular economic growth has been accompanied by increased participation in international trade and investment relationships coupled with increased political and policy pressure advancing China’s human rights positions. Despite international legal standards to the contrary, China has promoted a human rights discourse in its international trade and investment relationships that elevates political control, social stability and economic accumulation over political and civil rights. Examining PRC human rights doctrine and exploring case studies of regional and bilateral relations, this chapter will examine how China’s trade and investment relationships reflect and promote its evolving orthodoxy on human rights.

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