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Research Paper
Published online: May 30, 2008

Human Rights Conditionality and International Economic Relations:A Chinese Lawyer's Perspective

Congyan Cai
Xiamen University, China
School of Law, Xiamen University, 422 Siming South Rd, Siming, Xiamen, Fujian, China
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Human rights conditionality is a very provoking issue in international economic relations. The EU is enthusiastic about human rights conditionality. However, it is hard to say that the EU' human rights conditionality worked well in practice. Although being criticizing not having paid enough attentions to human rights, multilateral economic institutions are sky to human rights conditionality. As an emerging economic giant, China has some sort of obligation to better respect and to promote international human rights. China can accept human rights conditionality flexibly.

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