• Lai-Ha Chan
Part of the Palgrave Series on Asian Governance book series (PSAG)


Since the mid-1990s, both China’s participation in multilateral dialogues and its cooperation with other countries in relation to global issues have increased dramatically. China has shown a penchant for multilateral cooperation and a willingness to comply with international norms and rules. It has widened its policy platforms to include “low politics” and “high politics” and has deepened its engagement with most of the intergovernmental organizations (IGOs). Asian countries have applauded China for its good neighbor policy, promotion of the “cooperative security” concept, and responsible behavior in maintaining the stability of the regional financial market during the Asian financial crisis of 1997–98. In fact, China has demonstrated that it is no longer a dissatisfied power filled with the intention of revolutionizing the current existing international order. Instead, it presents itself as a friendly neighbor and an emerging responsible power at the global level.3 In the area of public health, China’s participation in global health governance has also substantially increased, especially in managing the Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS). Having been in denial about the existence of an HIV/AIDS epidemic in the country for more than fifteen years, the government swiftly took a forthright approach in responding to the disease at the turn of this century.


Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Global Governance Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Global Public Good Global Order 
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