What general lessons can be drawn from China’s dealings with rogue states such as Iran, North Korea, and Sudan? Whenever there is an international security issue that merits the attention of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), China’s intentions are often questioned. Is China willing to work and solve crises within the international order or is it intent on replacing current systems?
Looking at China’s interactions with international security concerns — particularly with regard to “rogue” states — can give us some answers. In any society, members are socialized to rules and they either adapt or get shunned. Likewise, states must observe key norms and values or be characterized as an outcast.