Jonathan Holslag On world order and disorder

China’s Diplomatic Manoeuvring on the Darfur Question

This paper assesses China’s response to the violence in Darfur. The mayhem in Darfur compelled China to take the lead in engaging Khartoum. Beijing’s engagement evolved from a rather passive posture, to taking a clear position, and finally, to active persuasion and mediation. During these negotiations, Beijing departed from the interests of the local political elite and tried to meet its concerns, not by imposing measures, but by clarifying the different options and creating trust to find a feasible consensus. In: Journal of Contemporary China, 17, 54.