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Research Paper
Published online: Nov. 30, 2022

A Community of Shared Future for Mankind in the Global Pandemic Era: Towards a Normative Consensus or Authoritarian International Law?

Chao Wang
University of Macau
E32-2010, Faculty of Law, University of Macau, Avenida da Universidade, Taipa, Macao SAR, PRC.
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This article provides an analyses the implications of China’s constitutionally proclaimed notion of “Community of Shared Future for Mankind” (CSFM), which reveals the stance of the PRC party in promoting so-called “Chinese wisdom” and a “Chinese solution” to address common issues in global governance and in pursuing China’s global leadership in President Xi Jinping’s “New Era.” The author explores the possibility for China and the West of reaching a normative consensus in terms of standards set by the CSFM vision and human security in light of the current global pandemic. The author advocates pursuing a pragmatic, problem-solving approach to international engagement with China without advancing a particular political agenda based on broad ideological presumptions, namely by encouraging and facilitating China’s further participation in international institutions and treaties. This approach may establish an increasing convergence and resonance of local and nonlocal norms to reach a normative consensus and, ultimately, to influence treaty performance incrementally and gradually.

Keywords : Community of Shared Future for Mankind, CSFM, Human Security, Global Pandemic, Normative Consensus, Authoritarianism

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