Established in 2010, the Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect's (APR2P) country program in China seeks to engage leading Chinese researchers and policy advisors in deepening their understanding of R2P in China and advancing recommendations relevant to China’s implementation of R2P. Working closely with APR2P’s Deputy Director, Sarah Teitt, the research and academic engagement component of APR2P's China program is coordinated by Assistant Professor Liu Tiewa, Deputy Director at the Research Centre on the United National and International Organizations (RCUNIO) at Beijing Foreign Studies University. In addition to our partnership with RCUNIO, in 2014 APR2P established an institutional partnership with the China Institute of International Studies (CIIS, the think tank of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs). As part of this ongoing partnership agreement, CIIS and APR2P committed to co-hosting an annual dialogue to share Australian and Chinese perspectives on R2P, sharing relevant research and publications, and hosting visiting scholar exchanges to advance collaborative research projects.
Dr. Liu is Assistant Professor in the School of International Relations and Diplomacy at Beijing Foreign Studies University, and Deputy Director at the Research Centre on the United Nations and International Organizations at Beijing Foreign Studies University. Dr. Liu is a leading expert on China’s policy on R2P, and serves on the APR2P Centre’s International Advisory Board. From July 2014-June 2015, Dr. Liu was a visiting research fellow at APR2P during which time she completed the first edited volume on R2P in Chinese, ‘The Responsibility to Protect: Chinese Perspectives on International Norm Building’. The volume was published by Peking University Press in 2015.
Institutional Partner: China Institute of International Studies (CIIS)
In 2014, APR2P established an institutional partnership with the China Institute of International Studies (CIIS). Based in Beijing, CIIS is the think tank of China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and conducts research and analysis on a wide range of foreign policy issues. CIIS’ research focuses primarily on medium and long-term policy issues of strategic importance to China, and the institute offers comments and policy recommendations on the world’s major events and hot-spot issues.
For queries on the Centre’s China program, please contact APR2P Deputy Director Sarah Teitt email@example.com
Originally created by the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect as a key resource for improving understanding and building support for R2P, the Chinese translation of the R2P Toolkit was commissioned by APR2P as a way of enabling discussions in China on enhancing capacity and developing policy to prevent and respond to genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and ethnic cleansing.
Tim Dunne and Sarah Teitt, ‘Contested Intervention: India, China and the Responsibility to Protect’, Global Governance, Vol. 21, No. 3 (2015): 371-391.
Liu Teiwa (ed), The Responsibility to Protect: Chinese Perspectives on International Norm Building (Beijing, Peking University Press, 2015). (In Chinese)
Liu Tiewa,“Is China Like the other Permanent Members? Governmental and Academic Debates about R2P”, in The International Politics of Human Rights: Rallying to the R2P Cause?, eds. Monica Serrano and Thomas G. Weiss (New York, Routledge Press, 2014).
Liu Tiewa and Zhang Haibin, ‘Debates in China about the Responsibility to Protect as a Developing International Norm: A General Assessment’, Conflict, Security and Development, Vol.14, No. 4 (2014): 403-427
Liu Tiewa, “China and Responsibility to Protect: Maintenance and Change of Its Policy for Intervention”, The Pacific Review, Vol. 25 No. 1 (2012): 153–173.
Sarah Teitt, 'Responsibility to Protect and China's Peacekeeping Policy', International Peacekeeping, Vol. 18, No. 3 (2011): 298-312.
Sarah Teitt, 'Assessing Polemics, Principles and Practices: China and the Responsibility to Protect'.' Global Responsibility to Protect, Vol. 1, No. 2 (2009): 208-236.
For upcoming listings for APR2P events in China and the region, see Events.
November 2015-‘Implementing the Responsibility to Protect: Preventive Diplomacy and Atrocity Risk Reduction’, Second Annual CIIS-APR2P Dialogue in Brisbane, Australia
Attended by representatives from DFAT and the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the second annual APR2P-CIIS dialogue focused on the 2015 UN Secretary-General’s report on taking stock of implementation of R2P since 2005; and on avenues for enhancing preventive diplomacy and improving atrocity risk reduction analysis as a means to prevent mass atrocities, particularly in the Asia Pacific region.
October 2015- ‘China and Mass Atrocities Prevention: Promoting International and Regional Peace and Stability’, Presentation by Sarah Teitt at The Second Chinese Academy of Social Sciences-University of Queensland Asia-Pacific Forum, Beijing, China
This presentation highlighted the recent upscaling of China’s investments in bolstering UN and AU peacekeeping and conflict management capacity, as well as in enhancing gender equality and women’s empowerment, and invited research collaboration between APR2P’s China program and CASS researchers on how these Chinese peace and development initiatives might best contribute to the prevention of mass atrocities.
October 2014 –‘Under the UN Framework: The Responsibility to Protect and International Assistance’, First Annual CIIS-APR2P Dialogue in Beijing, China
Attended by representatives from DFAT and the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the first annual APR2P-CIIS dialogue focused particularly on the 2014 UN Secretary-General’s report on Pillar 2 of the R2P framework and how international assistance can help build resilient states and societies. To learn more, download the Spotlight article.
October 2014 –‘China and R2P: Debates about a developing international norm’, Public lecture by Dr. Liu Tiewa held at the University of Queensland, Australia
As part of her one-year visiting research fellowship with the APR2P Centre, Dr. Liu presented her research on ongoing debates among Chinese academics on R2P, particularly in the aftermath of the Libya intervention.
August 2014 - 'The BRICS and R2P: Contestation, Reinterpretation and Norm Entrepreneurship', Seminar presented by Andrew Garwood-Gowers (QUT) on R2P and BRICS states with discussant Liu Tiewa, held at the University of Queensland, Australia
This seminar examined the BRICS’ (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) current perspectives on R2P and their recent efforts to shape the concept’s evolution. While Brazil’s “Responsibility while Protecting” (RwP) proposal has been widely discussed, Andrew Garwood-Gowers’ central focus was on the lesser-known, semi-official Chinese idea of “Responsible Protection” (RP). Dr. Liu Tiewa, visiting academic to AP R2P, was discussant to the presentation.
June 2014 –'Responsibility to Protect: Chinese Perspective in Constructing International Norms', academic workshop at Beijing Foreign Studies University, China
In collaboration with the Global Public Policy Institute’s project on Global Norm Evolution and R2P, Dr. Liu Tiewa organized an academic workshop to advance progress on her edited volume on Chinese perspectives on R2P. Sarah Teitt attended the workshop, and served as a discussant on the draft book chapters.