As China takes up the mantle of a global power, its diplomatic policy has changed significantly as it assumes a role of regional leadership.
Until recently, China has not tended to talk about its developmental strategy as a model for others to follow. Since the rise of Xi Jinping this has changed, and the state has become more open in sharing its developmental experiences with its neighbours. This has become an important part of China’s diplomatic relations with other countries in East Asia. Beijing has also emphasized people-to-people diplomacy, with outward tourism and other exchanges of peoples seen as an important part of building stronger relations with its neighbours. The chapters in this book all address different elements of this strategy, looking at China’s bilateral relationships with other East Asian countries in terms of developmental relations and the increasing mutual exposure of their citizens.
This book will be of great interest to scholars of Chinese diplomacy, especially those with a particular interest in soft power.
Table of Contents
List of Contributors
Introduction (Lee Lai To)
1. The Gap between China’s People-to-People Exchange and Its Aim to Promote Understanding Among Peoples In the World (Zhuang Liwei)
2. Chinese Outbound Tourists, Policy Reforms and Mobility Regime (Aranya Siriphon and Zhu Jinsheng)
3. Toward An “Asian Century”, Can China and Japan Cooperate? (Masaya Sakuragawa)
4. Cooperation in the Transboundary Rivers between North Korea & China: the Yalu & the Tumen Rivers (Seungho Lee)
5. China-ASEAN Natural Rubber Trade Relationship: Policy Redesign for Mutual Competitive Advantage (Montchai Pinitjitsamut)
6. 40 Years’ Reform and Opening-up of Yunnan and Its Implications for the Mekong Region (Lei Zhuning and Chen Tiejun)
7. Rethinking Diplomatic Discourse with Chinese Characteristics: The Brotherhood Discourse (Kornphanat Tungkeunkunt and Kanya Phuphakdi)
8. Disturbing the Balance of Inequality, PRC Influence on The Position of the Ethnic Chinese in Thailand in the ‘New Era’ (Wasana Wongsurawat)
Lee Lai To is Senior Professor and Director of the Asian Research Center for International Development, Mae Fah Luang University, Thailand. He was previously Head of the Department of Political Science at the National University of Singapore and Director of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs. He is currently an advisor to the Political Science Association of Singapore.