There has been a discernable calibration of Chinese foreign policy since the ascension of Xi Jinping to the top leadership positions in China. The operative term here is adjustment rather than renovation because there has not been a fundamental transformation of Chinese foreign policy or "setting up of a new kitchen" in foreign affairs. Several continuities in Chinese diplomacy are still evident. The People’s Republic of China (PRC) has not wavered from its overarching strategy of rising through peaceful development. The PRC is still an active participant and leader in, or shaper of, global and regional regimes even as it continues to push for reforms of the extant order, towards an arrangement which it thinks will be less unjust and more equitable. It seeks to better "link up with the international track", perhaps even more so under Xi’s stewardship. Yet amidst these continuities, it is clear that there have been some profound shifts in China’s foreign policy. From the enunciation of strategic slogans such as the "Asian security concept" and "major country diplomacy with Chinese characteristics"; the creation of the China-led and initiated Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank; the pursuit of Xi’s signature foreign policy initiative, the One Belt One Road; to a purportedly more assertive and resolute defense of China’s maritime territorial interests in East Asia—examples of these foreign policy calibrations (both patent and subtle) abound.
In short, this has not been a complete metamorphosis but there are real changes, with important repercussions for China and the international system. The burning questions then are What, Where, How and Why: What are these key foreign policy adjustments? Where and how have these occurred in Chinese diplomacy? And what are the reasons or drivers that inform these changes? This book seeks to capture these changes. Featuring contributions from academics, think-tank intellectuals and policy practitioners, all engaged in the compelling business of China-watching, the book aims to shed more light on the calibrations that have animated China’s diplomacy under Xi, a leader who by most accounts is considered the most powerful Chinese numero uno since Deng Xiaoping.
Table of Contents
1. Xi Jinping’s Calibration of Chinese Foreign Policy (HOO TIANG BOON)
PART I: THE DOMESTIC CONTEXT
2. China under Xi Jinping: Operational Code Beliefs, Foreign Policy, and the Rise of China (HUIYUN FENG AND KAI HE)
3. The Xi Jinping Imprint on the Chinese Military (NG KA PO)
PART II: NEW TYPE OF MAJOR POWER RELATIONS
4. US-China Security Competition and Cooperation: 21st Century Considerations (LUKE ROBERT DONOHUE)
5. EU-China Security Relations (JING MEN)
6. China and Russia: Cooperation and Competition in Central Asia (SARAH LAIN)
7. China-India Relations: A New Turn under Xi Jinping? (RAJESWARI PILLAI RAJAGOPALAN)
PART III: REGIONS
8. Maximizing Output while Minimizing Input: Change and Continuity in China’s Middle East Policy (Middle East test case) (YITZHAK SHICHOR)
9. Xi’s Belt: China-North Korea Relations (Northeast Asia test case) (ADAM CATHCART AND CHRISTOPHER GREEN)
10. Games with Frontiers: China and the East and South China Seas’ Disputes (Southeast Asia test case) (IAN FORSYTH)
PART IV: GLOBAL ISSUES
11. China and Global Governance: Evolving Approaches (GERALD CHAN)
12. Human Rights under Xi Jinping (RANA INBODEN)
13. China and the Threat of Terrorism (STEFANIE KAM)
Tiang Boon Hoo is Assistant Professor at the S. Rajaratnam School of Internaitonal Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
'...this book captures an important moment in China's modern history that is critical to understanding China's trajectory for the coming years...there are useful insights and helpful information to be found in the book; those with a basic knowledge of China will find most of the essays enlightening, as will experts who do not deal with the specific fields addressed.' - Carice Witte, Founder and Executive Director, SIGNAL (Sino-Israel Global Network & Academic Leadership), Tel Aviv, Israel.