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Anti-Gloablism In China?

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Tuesday, Sep 19 2017 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
USJI Office Seminar Room (2000M)
2000 M Street, Washington DC, Washington DC (map)
Room: B1

This session examines China’s changing approach to refugee issues from the 1970s to date. The central question is how China has approached international conventions and institutions relating to refugees or asylum seekers, how it has approached the major influx of refugees from Indochina (1979), North Korea (1990s-2010s), and Myanmar (2009-2010s), and why it has approached them in the way it has. The literature on how China deals with refugees and refugee-related issues focuses particularly on North Korean refugees, but lacks an examination of variation in the ways in which China has actually dealt with various refugees (including North Korean refugees) and refugee-related issues. By drawing upon the literature of international relations theory and China’s foreign policymaking, this presentation establishes five hypotheses that bring into relief why China has or has not cooperated with international institutions and allowed refugees to enter Chinese territory and/or live in China. In so doing it aims to explain variation in China’s approach across time and among cases.


Keiji Nakatsuji
Ritsumeikan University
Miwa Hirono
Ritsumeikan University
Associate Professor
Zhao Quansheng
American University


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