China’s Western Frontier and Eurasia
The Politics of State and Region-Building
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China has emerged as a dominant power in Eurasian affairs that not only exercises significant political and economic power, but increasingly, ideational power too.
Since the founding of the People’s Republic, Chinese Communist Party leaders have sought to increase state capacity and exercise more effective control over their western frontier through a series of state-building initiatives. Although these initiatives have always incorporated an international component, the collapse of the USSR, increasing globalization, and the party’s professed concerns about terrorism, separatism, and extremism have led to a region-building project in Eurasia. Garcia traces how domestic elite-led narratives about security and development generate state-building initiatives, and then region-building projects. He also assesses how region-building projects are promoted through narratives of the historicity of China’s engagement in Eurasia, the promotion of norms of non-interference, and appeals to mutual development. Finally, he traces the construction of regions through formal and informal institutions as well as integrative infrastructure. By presenting three phases of Chinese domestic state-building and region-building from 1988-present, Garcia shows how region-building projects have enabled China to increase state capacity, control, and development in its western frontier.
Recommended for scholars of China’s international relations and development policy.
Table of Contents
1.The Co-Constitution of State and Region-Building 2.National Integration and Regional Formation 3.National Consolidation and Regional Institutionalization 4.National Rejuvenation and Regional Transformation 5. Conclusion
Zenel Garcia’s research focuses on the intersection of international relations theory, security, and geopolitics. Specifically, how elite interpretations of security shape the discursive and empirical processes that lead to regional formation and transformation in Asia.