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An Uneasy Engagement: Chinese Ideas of Global Order and Justice in Historical Perspective

Rana Mitter

in Order and Justice in International Relations

Published in print February 2003 | ISBN: 9780199251209
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599293 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199251207.003.0009
 An Uneasy Engagement: Chinese Ideas of Global Order and Justice in Historical Perspective

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Mitter's study argues that until the late Qing, concepts of international order and justice were alien to China's imperial rulers. Subsequently, however, in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, China perceived itself to be the victim in an unjust world of aggressive, powerful, Western states. Contemporary Chinese perceptions of a just international order have been shaped by such past experiences and encompass a strong element of restitution. Its justice claims start with the Chinese state itself rather than with the needs of a broader global community.

Keywords: China; Chinese Communist Party; international justice; international order; Maoist China; Qing; restitution; social Darwinism; state sovereignty; Western imperialism

Chapter.  13893 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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