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China and the New International Order

1st Edition

Edited by Wang Gungwu, Zheng Yongnian


318 pages | 16 B/W Illus.

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This book explores China's place in the ‘new international order’, from both the international perspective and from the perspective within China.

It discusses how far the new international order, as outlined by George Bush in 1991 after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the liberation of Kuwait in the Gulf War, with its notions of ‘international order’, as viewed by the United States, and with the United States seeing itself as the single dominant power, applies to China. The contributors offer the implications, both positive and negative, of China's growing economic power, and the possibility that China will increase its military power. They also examine the idea that the Chinese leadership is being carried along itself by events in China, which it does not fully control, and that other growing forces within China, such as nationalism, increasing social grievances, structural instability, and rivalry between the centre and the regions potentially work against China's growing strength in the international arena. Considering traditional Chinese notions of ‘international’ power, where the world is seen as sino-centric, with neighbouring countries subservient to China in varying degrees, the book argues that this represents a fundamentally different view of the international order, one where the equal sovereignty of every state does not apply, where there is an acknowledged hierarchy of power, and where domestic and international issues are highly interdependent.

Table of Contents

Introduction Wang Gungwu and Zheng Yongnian Part 1: Key Issues in Conceptualising Chinese International Relations 1. China and International Order: Some Historical Perspectives Wang Gungwu 2. Nationalism: Dynamics of Domestic Transformation and International Relations in China Zheng Yongnian 3. Redefining Chinese Concept of Sovereignty Shan Wenhua 4. Sovereignty in Exercise: Constructing Political Chinese-ness in Post-1997 Hong Kong Tok Sow Keat 5. Beyond Symbiosis: Changing Civil-Military Relationship after Mao You Ji Part 2: China and Globalization 6. China Reshapes the World Economy Deng Ziliang and Zheng Yongnian 7. Understanding Chinese Views of the Emerging Global Order Zhang Yongjin 8. China Joins Global Governance: The Ten Conundrums Gerald Chan Part 3: China and Regionalism 9. Contested International Relations Theory and China’s Constructing Regional Entitlement Gordon Cheung 10. Learning from the EU? China’s Changing Outlook Towards Multilateralism Jean-Pierre Cabestan 11. Northeast Asia Regionalism and China: From an Outside-in Perspective Jaewoo Choo 12. China in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Pan Guang 13. China and ASEAN in the Asian Regional Integration Sheng Lijun Part 4: China and International Relations Studies 14. De-Constructing Cultural Realism Anthony A. Loh 15. Toward a Chinese School of International Relations? Ren Xiao

About the Editors

Wang Gungwu is University Professor at the National University of Singapore, where he is also Chairman of the East Asian Institute. He is also Emeritus Professor at the Australian National University, Canberra. He was Vice-Chancellor of The University of Hong Kong from 1986 to 1995. His research interests focus on Chinese history, the Chinese overseas, nationalism and migrations; and he is the author of numerous books and articles.

Zheng Yongnian is Professor and Director of Research, China Policy Institute, School of Contemporary Chinese Studies, University of Nottingham. He researches on China’s domestic transformation and its external impact. He has written numerous books, including Discovering Chinese Nationalism in China (1999), Globalization and State Transformation in China (2004), Will China Become Democratic? (2004) and Technological Empowerment: The Internet, State and Society in China (2007).

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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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General