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China and the Making of International Norms

china_flag_motherboard_cc.jpgSpeaker: Prof Kathy Morton (Australian National University)

Time: Wednesday 5 February 2014, 3pm

Venue: H0.56 (Humanities Building)

Summary: This presentation investigates China’s normative contribution to global governance by looking at the economic development and security realms, paying particular attention to evolving norms relating to food security and the maritime commons. A strong Chinese preference for ‘learning by doing’ rather than ‘learning by principle’ is evident in both realms and presents a constraint upon Beijing’s willingness to conform to binding obligations. This does not necessarily mean, however, that China is intent on subverting liberal order.