From Periphery to Pole: China and Multilateralism

  • Robert Boardman
Part of the International Political Economy Series book series


China’s early experiences with twentieth-century international institutions elicited little enthusiasm for multilateral ventures. The League of Nations’ failure to check Japanese aggression in the early 1930s and from 1937 could not be said to have undermined Chinese expectations about collective security, since there had been little faith in the reliability of that body in the first place. The Treaty of Versailles had, in Chinese eyes, legitimised violations of Chinese sovereignty in the case of the former German area of Shantung. China nonetheless became a member of the League. The unexpected absence of the United States, however, then further restricted any hopes that may have been pinned onto the organisation by the Chinese authorities.


Security Council World Order Peaceful Coexistence Regional Conflict Chinese Foreign Policy 
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© Robert Boardman 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert Boardman
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  1. 1.Dalhousie UniversityHalifax, Nova ScotiaCanada

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