Despite Beijing’s repeated assurance that China’s rise will be "peaceful", the United States, Japan and the European Union as well as many of China's Asian neighbours feel uneasy about the rise of China. Although China’s rise could be seen as inevitable, it remains uncertain as to how a politically and economically powerful China will behave, and how it will conduct its relations with the outside world. One major problem with understanding China’s international relations is that western concepts of international relations only partially explain China’s approach. China’s own flourishing, indigeneous community of international relations scholars have borrowed many concepts from the west, but their application has not been entirely successful, so the work of conceptualizing and theorizing China’s approach to international relations remains incomplete.
Written by some of the foremost scholars in the field of China studies, this book focuses on the work of Wang Gungwu - one of the most influential scholars writing on international relations - including topics such as empire, nation-state, nationalism, state ideology, and the Chinese view of world order. Besides honouring Wang Gungwu as a great scholar, the book explores how China can be integrated more fully into international relations studies and theories; discusses the extent to which existing IR theory succeeds or fails to explain Chinese IR behaviour, and demonstrates how the study of Chinese experiences can enrich the IR field.
PART I: Historicity and Social Foundation of China’s Domestic Order and International Relations 1. Historicity and International Relations: A Tribute to Wang Gungwu - Robert W. Cox 2. A Re-Appraisal of Abrahamic Values and Neorealist IR Theory: from a Confucian-Asian Perspective - James C. Hsiung 3. Historians and Chinese World Order: Fairbank, Wang, and the Matter of ‘Indeterminate Relevance’ - Paul Evans 4. The Historical Roots and Character of Secularism in China - Prasenjit Duara PART II: Reinterpreting China’s "World Order" 5. Rethinking the "Tribute System": Broadening the Conceptual Horizon of Historical East Asian Politics - Zhang Feng 6. Traditional Chinese Theory and Practice of Foreign Relations: A Reassessment - Ren Xiao 7. Traditional China and the Globalization of International Relations Thinking - Brantly Womack PART III: Chinese Overseas and China’s International Relations 8. Conceptualizing Chinese Migration: Wang Gungwu and His Struggle with Terminology - Huang Jianli 9. China, Cuba, and the Chinese in Cuba: Emigration, International Relations, and How They Interact - Gregor Benton 10. Chinese Overseas and a Rising China: The Limits of a Diplomatic "Diaspora Option" - Liu Hong PART IV: China in Contemporary World Politics 11. Understanding the Intangible in International Relations: The Cultural Dimension of China’s Integration with the International Community - Wang Hongying 12. Has the Rise of China Made Latin America more Unsafe? - Tony Spanakos and Yu Xiao 13. Japan’s Response to the Fall and Rise of China: The Shift of Foreign Policy Mainstream Thinking - Zhao Quansheng PART V: Historical Continuity and Transformation of China’s International Relations 14. The Returned China with Chinese-ness in History and World Politics: A Deeper Understanding with the Intellectual Guide from Wang Gungwu - Shi Yinhong 15. Organizing China’s Inter-state Relations: From "Tianxia" (All-Under-Heaven) to Modern International Order - Zheng Yongnian 16. Wang Gungwu, the Transnational and Research Imagination - Zhang Yongjin