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Book review: Chinese Diplomacy and the un Security Council , written by Joel Wuthnow (2013)

Book review: Chinese Diplomacy and the un Security Council , written by Joel Wuthnow (2013) Chinese Diplomacy and the un Security Council. New York, ny : Routledge, isbn 978-0-415-64073-2 (hardback), isbn 978-0-203-08204-1 (e-book), 220 pp., us $ 140.00 (hardback). A collective sigh of relief could be heard round much of the world when the United Nations Security Council unanimously approved Resolution 2118 on 27 September 2013. Opening the door for the elimination of the Syrian chemical weapons programme, the resolution was seen as a new beginning after more than two years of blockage by China and Russia. Wuthnow’s volume suggests that this resolution illustrates the current Chinese approach to diplomacy at the un , but also that he would have been well qualified to explain the course of events, particularly China’s perceived change of heart. Most probably, he would do so by pointing at both issues and partnerships . After all, Wuthnow’s research on China’s behaviour at the Security Council reveals that China should be seen as a strategic actor that bases its decisions on political rather than normative concerns. More specifically, since the early 2000s, China has walked a tight rope between two types of interests, namely substance-related interests (stability and concessions) and relation-related interests (political relations between negotiators, yet also with http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Hague Journal of Diplomacy Brill

Book review: Chinese Diplomacy and the un Security Council , written by Joel Wuthnow (2013)

The Hague Journal of Diplomacy , Volume 9 (3): 300 – Aug 29, 2014

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Brill
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© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1871-1901
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Chinese Diplomacy and the un Security Council. New York, ny : Routledge, isbn 978-0-415-64073-2 (hardback), isbn 978-0-203-08204-1 (e-book), 220 pp., us $ 140.00 (hardback). A collective sigh of relief could be heard round much of the world when the United Nations Security Council unanimously approved Resolution 2118 on 27 September 2013. Opening the door for the elimination of the Syrian chemical weapons programme, the resolution was seen as a new beginning after more than two years of blockage by China and Russia. Wuthnow’s volume suggests that this resolution illustrates the current Chinese approach to diplomacy at the un , but also that he would have been well qualified to explain the course of events, particularly China’s perceived change of heart. Most probably, he would do so by pointing at both issues and partnerships . After all, Wuthnow’s research on China’s behaviour at the Security Council reveals that China should be seen as a strategic actor that bases its decisions on political rather than normative concerns. More specifically, since the early 2000s, China has walked a tight rope between two types of interests, namely substance-related interests (stability and concessions) and relation-related interests (political relations between negotiators, yet also with

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Published: Aug 29, 2014

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