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The Development of "the Responsibility to Protect” and China’s

Published:2014-09-10 Published:2014-09-10   Author:Luo Yanhua   [Small] [Middle] [Big] [More]

• “The Responsibility to Protect”(R2P) is the newest development for the international community to deal with the relationship between human rights and state sovereignty, as well as an important exploration for human rights protection and global governance. The development of the concept can be roughly divided into four periods: the embryonic stage; the stage of gradually entering into political agenda; the stage of wide discussion and debate; the stage of implementation and ensuing divergences. R2P faces several problems in terms of implementation: narrowing and strictly prescribed domain for application,different opinions on implementation, different understanding of the concept itself, how to tackle problems exposed during the Libya campaign, etc.As a permanent member of the United Nations Security Counciland a great power with growing influence, China’s positions on R2P havecaught plenty of attention fromthe international community. China has taken part in the discussion of R2P since its inception and explicated its positions based on its owndiplomatic ideals in the course of the development of the concept.

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