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China and the International System

Becoming a World Power, 1st Edition

Edited by Xiaoming Huang, Robert G. Patman


238 pages | 26 B/W Illus.

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This book considers the evolving relationship between China and the international system, and the interaction between a China of profound change in its identity, capability, and influence, and an international system that is itself experiencing a process of far-reaching transformation. It develops an analytical framework that allows us to capture, understand and explain a more dynamic pattern of agent-structure interaction in China’s relationship with the international system.

By demonstrating a more dynamic and mutually constitutive relationship between China and the international system, the book explores the extent to which both transform themselves in the process, and provides a fuller and more effective assessment of the evolving nature of the relationship. In doing so, it addresses key issues in the current literature on the relationship of China and the international system, and helps close the gap in our knowledge of the conditions and consequences of change and stability in the international system as a result of the change in distributions of power, capability and influence among nation-states.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: China and the International System - Structure, Society and Context Xiaoming Huang and Robert G. Patman Part 1: Contending Indentities and Evolving Interests: China in Search of Itself 2. Chinese Thinking about World Order David Shambaugh 3. Core Interests and Great Power Responsibilities: The Evolving Pattern of China’s Foreign Policy Suisheng Zhao 4. International Structure and China’s Strategy and Options Canrong Jin Part 2: Transforming Wealth and Capacity to Institutional Power, Policy Outcomes and Political Influence 5. Commercial Diplomacy: Preferential Trade Agreements and Soft Power Projection Marc Lanteigne 6. China’s Quest for Greater Influence in Global Economic Governance: Accomplishments and Limitations Gerald Chan, Pak K. Lee and Lai-Ha Chan 7. Turning Material Capabilities to Leadership: China in Southeast Asia Marco Bünte and Dirk Nabers 8. China and the Evolving Regional Order in the South Pacific Jian Yang Part 3: International System and Rising Power: Impact, Interaction and Mutual Constitution 9. Measuring the Impact of the Chinese Economy Peter E. Robertson 10. Fear and China’s Rise: Responses from Northeast Asia Nicholas Khoo and John Bailey 11. China and Global Climate Policy Making: Leadership in a State of Flux Katherine Morton 12. Global Economy, Development Imperatives and Mutual Interests: China and Africa Ian Taylor 13. Conclusion: A Rising China in a Changing International System Xiaoming Huang

About the Editors

Xiaoming Huang is Professor of International Relations and Director of New Zealand Contemporary China Research Centre at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

Robert G. Patman is Professor of International Relations and Director of the Master of International Studies program at the University of Otago, New Zealand.

About the Series

China Policy Series

With the rise of China and its impact on the world, interest in China has increased drastically in recent years. This series focuses on policy-oriented research and scholarly works with policy implications, on all aspects of contemporary Chinese economy, politics, society, environment, journalism and cultures.  It also covers China’s foreign relations with major international organizations such as the United Nations, World Trade Organization, and World Bank, and major powers such as the United States, European Union (and its member states), Japan and others.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General