China’s Rise Poses Challenges for Its African Peacekeeping Missions
Voice of America
February 3, 2012
Quoted: Courtney J. Richardson, International Security Program research fellow
Topic: China’s peacekeeping policy
“China joined the United Nations in 1971, but it was not until 1990 that Beijing undertook its first peacekeeping foray under the U.N. banner, sending a handful of observers to the Middle East. Since then, Beijing has been a steadfast contributor to the U.N. peacekeeping effort, says Courtney Richardson, a research fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.
‘The Chinese have experienced dramatic growth in terms of their deployment levels, especially when we realize the international environment that China faces – simultaneously being asked to do more as a developing country, while also… not promoting any negative perception of [a] rising military,’ said Richardson.”