13 November 2009

China’s Expanding Role in Peacekeeping: Prospects and Policy Implications

China’s Expanding Role in Peacekeeping:
Prospects and Policy Implications

Bates Gill and Chin-hao Huang
SIPRI Policy Paper no. 25
ISBN 978-91-85114-62-7

China has dramatically increased its participation in United Nations peace operations in recent years. China now provides more uniformed personnel than any other permanent member of the UN Security Council. This timely Policy Paper offers new insights into the development of China’s engagement in multilateral peacekeeping and the factors and debates that underlie it. It also examines what these new trends mean for multilateral peacekeeping and for China’s major security partners. Finally, it makes policy-oriented recommendations on how China and the international community can build on this unique opportunity to strengthen multilateral peacekeeping and to firmly establish a new, more positive international role for China.


1. Introduction
2. The expansion of China’s engagement in peacekeeping
3. Key factors shaping China’s evolving approach to peacekeeping
4. Peacekeeping, military confidence building and military-to-military cooperation
5. Observations on China’s peacekeeping contributions
6. Looking ahead: conclusions and recommendations

About the authors

Bates Gill (United States) is the Director of SIPRI. He previously held the Freeman Chair in China Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC, and senior positions at the Brookings Institution and the Center for Nonproliferation Studies of the Monterey Institute of International Studies. He has published widely on international and regional security issues, with a focus on China and Asia.

Chin-hao Huang (Thailand) is a PhD candidate at the University of Southern California. Until July 2009 he was a Researcher with the SIPRI China and Global Security Programme. He previously worked at the CSIS Freeman Chair in China Studies

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