Reassessing China’s challenge to the international order at a time of multiple crises: A EURICS roundtable discussion in the wake of the war on Ukraine
At a moment of multiple crises and challenges affecting the international order, China’s role as a major global autocracy in this order is as important as it is conflicted and contested. The Chinese Communist Party under Xi Jinping has expressed its commitment to reshaping global governance, contributing a distinctive ‘Chinese solution’ to ‘mankind’s shared future’ while staking out a claim to power and influence in the world. Yet it also portrays China as a preserver of the principle of sovereignty, rejecting criticism of its human rights violations and apparent crimes against humanity as foreign ‘interference,’ and propagating a conception of multilateralism that favours government-to-government negotiations over accountability for violations of international law. Meanwhile, Russia’s war in Ukraine has added urgency to the question of how the international community should respond to autocratic challenges to the international order.
What vocabulary should we use to conceptualise the Chinese party-state’s attempts to change global governance, and are they successful? How can we make sense of the inherent tensions within global governance narratives propagated by the authorities? How do party-state narratives measure up against the reality of China’s interaction with global governance mechanisms and its practices of transnational repression? And how, if at all, do the war on Ukraine and international responses to it change our assessment?
These are a few of the questions to be addressed by this EURICS roundtable, which will bring together international scholars working on China in the disciplines of international relations, philosophy, political science, and law. The roundtable will engage in informal discussion after very brief (5-8 minutes) initial interventions by Anna Caffarena, Markus Taube, Ralph Weber, and Eva Pils. It will be held in hybrid format.
5:00-5:10: Chair/Opening words: Sébastien Colin (EURICS/Inalco)
5:10-5:40 : Initial interventions
Anna Caffarena (University of Turin/EURICS fellow)
Markus Taube (University of Duisburg-Essen/EURICS fellow)
Ralph Weber (University of Basel)
Eva Pils (King’s College London/EURICS fellow)
5:40-6:30 : Discussion
6:30 : Cocktail