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Type: Journal article
Title: The politics of compassion: examining a divided China's humanitarian assistance to Haiti
Author: Tubilewicz, C.
Citation: International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, 2012; 12(3):449-481
Publisher: Oxford Univ Press
Issue Date: 2012
ISSN: 1470-482X
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Czeslaw Tubilewicz
Abstract: This article examines China's and Taiwan's humanitarian assistance to Haiti, as well as the extent to which China and Taiwan – as non-Development Assistance Committee (DAC) donors – adhered to the DAC-established humanitarian assistance architecture. It argues that China's and Taiwan's emergency aid was comparable with the DAC donorship in terms of its declaratory commitment to altruism and the pursuit of strategic objectives. Both Beijing and Taipei considered cross-Strait relations and domestic and international public opinion when strategizing emergency aid. The primacy of politics determined a divided China's modalities of aid, funding levels, and institutional framework. The article concludes that strategic considerations – including cross-Strait politics, a suspension of cross-Strait diplomatic rivalry notwithstanding – are at least as significant as altruism in driving China's and Taiwan's humanitarian assistance.
Rights: © The author [2012].
RMID: 0020102195
DOI: 10.1093/irap/lcs007
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