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China's New Roles and Behaviour in Conflict-Affected Regions: Reconsidering Non-Interference and Non-Intervention

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  07 March 2019

Miwa Hirono*
College of International Relations, Ritsumeikan University.
Yang Jiang
Danish Institute for International Studies. Email:
Marc Lanteigne
University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway. Email:
Email: (corresponding author).


China's view on the sanctity of state sovereignty has slowly but inexorably been transformed, and the country has found it difficult to continue to adhere to the principles of non-interference and non-intervention with the same degree of rigour as during the Cold War era. This special section will explore what the principles mean to China today; why and how Beijing has become active in peacebuilding and conflict mediation; and what implication China's approach to the principles has for its position in the global liberal order. This article sets the scene by firstly demonstrating that defining the principles has always been a political act, and secondly offering new discussions about how China's expanding economic power forced the country to more actively engage in politics of conflict-affected regions. Finally, it offers a conceptual framework to explain why and how China has become increasingly active in peacebuilding and conflict mediation.


中国对 “主权神圣不可侵犯” 的认识已经发生了缓慢但不可逆转的变化。中国已经很难像冷战时期那样继续严格坚持不干涉和不干预内政的原则。这一期特辑探讨不干涉不干预原则对今天的中国来说有什么内涵; 中国为什么以及怎样积极参与和平建设与冲突调解; 中国对该原则的应用方式对其在国际自由秩序中的地位有什么影响。这一篇文章介绍问题的以下背景: 首先, 对不干涉不干预原则的定义一直是个政治性的过程; 其次, 中国的经济实力的扩展迫使中国更积极参与冲突地区的政治。最后, 这篇文章提出新的理论框架来解释中国为什么以及怎样更积极地参与和平建设与冲突调解。

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