Exporting Virtue?

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

Pitman B. Potter

Exporting Virtue?

Pitman B. Potter

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

200 pages | 6 x 9
Cloth $89.95 ISBN: 9780774865555 Will Publish March 2021 For sale in USA only
Human rights tensions shadow China’s global rise. Without clear international standards, China has pursued socioeconomic rights across Asia at the expense of political liberty for its own people. Couched in terms of virtue but manifested as authoritarianism, the PRC’s global activism undermines international human rights law toward its own policy interests. Pitman B. Potter argues in Exporting Virtue? that decisionmakers around the world should engage more effectively in this struggle over human rights standards. Drawing on both Chinese and English language sources, Potter investigates the challenges posed by China’s human rights orthodoxy and lays the groundwork for an effective international response.
 
Review Quotes
Jeremy T. Paltiel, Carleton University

“Potter makes a strong and skilled argument about how China is seeking to change international human rights discourse in a manner consistent with their communist orthodoxy.”

Larry Backer, Pennsylvania State University
Exporting Virtue? will become part of the bedrock of how academics approach the conceptualization of Chinese policy and political culture.”
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