Of rights and wrongs: why China is subject to a double standard on rights

Randall Peerenboom

in China Modernizes

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9780199226122
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191696183 | DOI:
Of rights and wrongs: why China is subject to a double standard on rights

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This chapter argues that China is subject to a double standard and explains it in detail. It briefly describes the form of Chinese nationalism with a negative feeling of resentment. It compares China to other politically unstable countries and examines the civil and political rights violations and bias against nondemocracies. It also shows a possibility of human rights policy being used for a strategy of containment. It suggests that Chinese leaders are also to be blamed for a lack of transparency and the image of China as a repressive totalitarian state. The chapter concludes that a more balanced approach on human rights issues would soften the growing politics of resentment and nationalism. It may also help negotiate a new balance of power between China and Western powers.

Keywords: China; nationalism; resentment; civil rights; political rights; containment; human rights; totalitarian

Chapter.  7344 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management

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