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That Is Not Intervention; That Is Interference with Chinese Characteristics: New Concepts, Distinctions and Approaches Developing in the Chinese Debate and Foreign and Security Policy Practice

  • Camilla T. N. Sørensen (a1)

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There is among Chinese international relations scholars an intense debate about how China can protect and promote Chinese global presence and interests while at the same time continue to adhere to the principle of non-intervention. New concepts, distinctions and approaches are developing as the debate progresses. The current Chinese foreign and security policy practice reflects a more flexible and pragmatic Chinese interpretation – and implementation – of the principle of non-intervention with different degrees and types of intervention. This article explores the search for “legitimate great power intervention” characterizing both the debate among Chinese international relations scholars and the current Chinese foreign and security policy practice, and uses this case as the departure point for a more general discussion of the drivers of change – and continuity – in Chinese foreign and security policy.

研究国际问题的中国学者目前在激烈地争论着, 中国究竟应该怎样才能真正做到, 在国际事务中既继续奉行不干预政策, 同时又能有效地保护、加强中国的世界地位和利益。随着这种辩论的展开, 新的概念、新的特征以及新的区分方法正在逐渐形成。中国现行的外交和安全政策等体现着一种更加灵活的更加务实的特点, 是对不干预原则的某种新的诠释, 或者说是另一种程度的干预、采取了不同形式的干预。本文围绕着中国的国际问题学者的辩论以及现行的中国的中国外交和安全政策的实行情况, 对 “合法的大国干预” 这一概念进行了深入的探讨。本文试图通过对本案例的研究为另一个更加宽泛的讨论提供一个新的视角—中国外交和安全政策的改变之推动因素—及其持续性。

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