China: An Active and Stable Force in Multilateral Organizations
China- US Focus, June 2011
Martin S. Edwards, Ph.D. School of Diplomacy and International Relations
US publics and policymakers pose a consistent question about American involvement in international organizations: What do we get from them? The answer to this question is simple – international organizations provide a forum for states to both advance and defend their interests. The simple fact that countries use them in these ways, then, demonstrates their value. The People’s Republic of China has learned to do the exact same thing in recent years, which is a sign of its increasing prestige in the global community. Some examples from the areas of international finance and human rights will make this larger point clearer.