This collection examines changes in China’s international role over the past century. Tracing the links between domestic and external expectations in the PRC’s role conception and preferred engagement patterns in world politics, the work provides a systematic account of changes in China’s role and the mechanisms of role taking. Individual chapters address the impact of China’s history and identity on its bilateral role taking patterns with the United States, Japan, Africa, the Europe Union, and Socialist States as well as China’s role in international institutions, the G-20, and East Asia’s Financial Order.
Part I: Theoretical Concepts and China's Role </STRONG>1. Role theory and the Study of Chinese Foreign Policy <I>Sebastian Harnisch </I>2. Historical Narrative, Remembrance, and the Ordering of the World: A Historical Assessment of Chinas International Relations <I>Bart Dessein </I>3. Chinas Historical Self and Its International Role <I>Sebastian Harnisch</I>4. The Identity and International Role of China: Relational Grand Strategy <I>Chih-Yu Shih, Chiung-Chiu Huang </I>5. Philosophy, Identity and Role Theory with Chinese Characteristics;<I>Chen Yudan </I><STRONG>Part II: Chinas International Role: The Global Context</STRONG> 6. The United Statesand China: Altercast Roles and Changing Power in the Twentieth Century <I>Cameron G. Thies </I>7.Chinas Role in the Transformation of International System <I>Chen Yugang </I>8. Chinas role in International Institutions: The Case of Global Economic Governance <I>Jörn-Carsten Gottwald </I>9. Finding a New Role in East Asian Financial Order: Chinas Hesitant Turn towards Leadership <I>Mikko Huotari </I><STRONG>Part III: Chinas International Role: The Regional Context </STRONG>10. China and Socialist Countries: Role Change and Role Continuity <I>Nele Noesselt </I>11. China and Japan: Partner, Rival and Enemy? <I>Sebastian Maslow</I>12. Chinas Changing Role in its All-Weather Friendship with Africa <I>Niall Duggan</I>13. China and the EU: Trade and National Role Conceptions <I>Sebastian Bersick </I>14. Conclusion: Chinas Role Evolution: Domestic Imperatives and Foreign Expectations