3Center or American Progress | China and the Collapse o Its Noninterventionist Foreign Policy
For he mos par his approach has enabled Chinese leaders o keep a low-proleoreign policy and o avoid he diplomaic dispues and resource-draining conics harequenly characerized Wesern and Sovie oreign policy during he Cold War. As a permanen member on he U.N. Securiy Council, China has generally opposedinervenions, bu ried o do so quiely by absaining insead o by veoing inernaionalacion. Te recen Syria voe was only he eighh ime since he People’s Republic o China joined he U.N. Securiy Council in 1971 ha China used is veo power, as com-pared o 123 imes or he Sovie Union/Russia and 82 imes or he Unied Saes.
China’s rising economic engagement abroad makes noninterferenceproblematic
Chinese economic developmen surged over he pas 30 years, leading is business com-muniies—sae-owned enerprises and privae companies alike—o expand more andmore ino he global economy as par o he Communis Pary’s “going ou” sraegy , which encourages inernaional invesmen by Chinese companies.
Amid his chang-ing realiy, China atemped o mainain is radiional policy o diplomaic and miliary noninervenion—even as Chinese businesses engaged in greaer economic inerven-ion in he very same areas where he inernaional communiy seeks o poliically ormiliarily inervene. Tese economic ineress may orce China o rehink he wisdom o a noninervenion policy in he long erm as i becomes more dicul o mainain.Since he economically reorm-minded Deng Xiaoping assered conrol over heChinese leadership in he lae 1970s, China’s gross domesic produc—he larges mea-sure o all goods and services produced in China—has grownrom $148 billion in 1978
China’s U.N. Security Council vetoes
Condemnation o Syrian human rights abuses
Sanctions against Syria
Sanctions against Zimbabwe
Condemnation o Myanmar’s human rights abuses
Extension o U.N. peacekeeping operation in Macedonia
Establishment o U.N. peacekeeping operation in Guatemala
Admission o Bangladesh to the United Nations
Resolution on ceasefre or Yom Kippur War
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