Exporting Virtue?

Exporting Virtue?

China’s International Human Rights Activism in the Age of Xi Jinping

Asia Pacific Legal Culture and Globalization

by Pitman B. Potter

Published by: UBC Press

268 pages, 152.00 x 229.00 x 0.00 mm

  • ISBN: 9780774865562
  • Published: October 2021


China’s rise to prosperity on the international stage has been accompanied by increased tensions with international standards of law and governance. Exporting Virtue? examines human rights as an example of China’s international assertiveness and considers the implications of internationalizing PRC human rights policy and practice. Pitman B. Potter suggests that in the absence of clear and enforceable global human rights standards, China has been free to pursue its political interests and policy initiatives. Couched in terms of virtue but manifested as authoritarianism, China’s international human rights activism invites scholars and policy makers around the world to engage critically with the issue. Drawing on both Chinese- and English-language sources, Exporting Virtue? investigates the challenges that China’s human rights orthodoxy poses to international norms and institutions, offering normative and institutional analysis and providing suggestions for policy response.