Video Policy Brief number three: Mainstreaming human rights in our engagement with China - Nicola Macbean
In this video policy brief Nicola Macbean from The Rights Practice considers the challenges of addressing human rights problems in China.
Too often human rights are treated as an expendable luxury rather than integral to everyday life. If we are to reinvigorate respect for human rights, she suggests we should make the mainstreaming of human rights across all areas of policy and practice a priority.
There is a very wide range of European organisations that engage with a country as important as China: from trade associations to business and finance to the police, universities, law firms and the cultural industries. Human rights feature little in their relations. A decision to mainstream human rights into their cooperation with China could change that.
Three steps come to mind. A human rights impact assessment to identify possible risks and opportunities in the relationship. Second, a commitment to promote the human rights principles of non-discrimination, respect for human dignity and the right to participate as part of their engagement with China. And third, ensuring transparency and accountability.
Video Policy Brief No 2: Civil Society as a Challenge to Chinese Development Assistance in Myanmar | Dr Jennifer Hsu
In this video policy brief Dr Jennifer Y.J. Hsu looks at the role and challenges of Chinese development assistance in Myanmar.
The development landscape is shifting. China’s emergence as a non-traditional development donor is challenging traditional donor countries, such as Australia, Canada, UK and US, part of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC). After years of ambivalence, Beijing is renewing its relations with its Southeast Asian neighbours in trade and development co-operation.
At present, Chinese development assistance focuses on non-interference, mutual benefit, infrastructure-led growth and demand driven co-operation. In Southeast Asia, China has provided a full range of development assistance including soft loans, debt cancellation and interest free loans. Moreover, the Chinese state has actively assisted and invested in Southeast Asian nations’ infrastructure. In the case of Myanmar, China is a long-term economic partner and ally but this partnership is being challenged by Myanmar’s democratisation.
About the CPI/IAPS Video Policy Brief series:
CPI/IAPS Video Policy Briefs are an innovative and distinct form of policy engagement with external stakeholders. Strategically targeted, timely video recordings with appropriate academic experts addressing stakeholder are recorded by an experienced filmmaker (CPI Fellow Dr Fulda) and released directly to stakeholders. The video briefs are recorded vertically and are best viewed in full size on smart phones and tablets.
Views and assessments articulated in the CPI/IAPS Video Policy Briefs are that of the author/s. They do not necessarily represent the views of the China Policy Institute and / or the Institute of Asia and Pacific Studies at the University of Nottingham.