With the rupture of the UN Security Council in March 2003 over the US spearheaded intervention in Iraq, the attempts made to subject the use of force to the rule of law had failed. Widespread Europe-US disagreement of the role of the UNSC has hindered more effective decisions for China and its European and American counterparts in the Security Council. Iraq, China and the UN Security Council examines the role of China's policy behaviour in relation to the Iraq intervention, in order to develop a better understanding of this fast-rising power within the UN. It looks at key qu
Introduction -- The reasons for action: strategic preferences in explaining foreign policy -- China's strategic preferences in the UN Security Council, 1971-the mid 1980s -- China's decisions in the Security Council over the use of force (1990-2002) -- State sovereignty vs. humanitarian intervention: China's position over the establishment of no-fly zones (1991-1992) -- China and the UN sanctions regime against Iraq (1991-2002) -- Weapons inspections: China, the UN and the disarming of Iraq (1991-2002) -- Conclusions
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