China Engages Global Health Governance: Responsible Stakeholder or System-Transformer? by L. ChanChina Engages Global Health Governance: Responsible Stakeholder or System-Transformer? by L. Chan

China Engages Global Health Governance: Responsible Stakeholder or System-Transformer?

byL. Chan

Paperback | December 14, 2010

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China Engages Global Health Governance is the first book to systematically examine China’s participation in the global health domain. It examines how and why China changed its stance on its HIV/AIDS epidemic and investigates China’s emerging role in Africa’s AIDS crisis and the controversial issue of access to anti-retroviral drugs for the continent’s impoverished people. In scrutinizing China’s evolving global role and its intentions for global governance and global health governance, this book argues that China is neither a system-defender nor a system-transformer of the liberal international order. While acting in concert with other major powers, China strives to defend itself from the encroachment of liberal democratic values on the world stage. In order to carve out some international space for itself and to fend off attacks by the liberal normative structure, China calls for multilateral cooperation in a “harmonious world.” With the suggestion that there is no universally applicable blueprint for development, Beijing tries to shore up the principle of national sovereignty and non-intervention and strengthen ties with developing countries to consolidate a normative and political bulwark against liberal democratic values. In short, China possesses a hybrid national identity in its deepening engagement with global governance.

Lai-Ha Chan is Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the China Research Centre at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. Her research interests include China’s foreign relations and its participation in global governance. Her publications have appeared in Global Public Health (2009), China Security (2009), Third World...
Title:China Engages Global Health Governance: Responsible Stakeholder or System-Transformer?Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0 inPublished:December 14, 2010Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230104304

ISBN - 13:9780230104303


Table of Contents

China Meets Global Governance and Global Order: With or Against the Tide? * China and Global Health Regime: Alienation or Integration? * The HIV/AIDS Governance in China: International-Domestic Nexus * China’s Contribution to Global Health Governance: China’s Role in Africa’s AIDS Crisis and WHO * Theorizing and Extrapolating China’s Increased Participation in Global Health Governance

Editorial Reviews

"Lai-Ha Chan's book is an important contribution to the growing literature on the nature of China's integration into the international community. As the first book-length study of China's participation in global health governance, it provides a valuable in-depth analysis of the tensions between China's attachment to the traditional Westphalian world order and US efforts to generate a new world order based on freedom and democracy. It reveals China's failure to adequately support the developing world in matters of global health and highlights and explains the unstable nature of China's current relations with both the developed and developing world in the area of global health and beyond.”--Ann Kent, ANU College of Law, Australian National University “The rise of China challenges global institutions. Anyone curious about how liberal international regimes can accommodate China’s difference and how far China is ready to adapt to global institutions should consult Dr. Lai-Ha Chan’s careful and thoughtful research into China’s participation in international institutions for public health. Drawing from her own experience in the front line of the 2003 SARS epidemic in addition to extensive research into China’s approach to global integration, Dr. Chan examines what has traditionally been seen as a ‘low politics’ area of engagement to provide a useful index of China’s identity and participation in international institutions. Her sober analysis of China’s readiness to compromise national interest for the sake of the global commons yields insights both for students of global governance concerned about future trends and foreign relations scholars watching China’s impact on the world stage.”--Jeremy Paltiel, Professor of Political Science, Carleton University, Canada “This is the first major study of China and global health governance. The rapid development of the country over the past thirty years is impacting fundamentally, not only on China's domestic health system, but on its engagement with global health issues. This book offers much needed analysis of the implications of these changes for the field of global health, as well as international relations more broadly. Global health is yet another field where China's rising status is likely to mean it will no longer be business as usual.”--Kelley Lee, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine