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Chinese Scholars and Foreign Policy

Debating International Relations, 1st Edition

Edited by Huiyun Feng, Kai He, Yan Xuetong


210 pages

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How does China see the rest of the world? One way to answer this question is to look at the work of China’s scholars in the field of International Relations (IR). This leads to a second question – to what extent do Chinese IR scholars influence Beijing’s foreign policy and outlook? The contributors to this book seek to answer these key questions, drawing on their own first- and second-hand experiences of involvement in scholarly IR debates in China.

Discussing fundamental aspects of China’s foreign policy such as China’s view of the international structure, soft power projection, maritime disputes, and the principle of non-interference, this book provides insights into the hinterland of Chinese foreign policy-making. It is an invaluable reference for global IR scholars, especially those with a direct interest in understanding and predicting China’s actions and reactions on a range of international issues.

Table of Contents


List of Contributors

List of Abbreviations

List of Figures


Chapter 1. Why Do Chinese IR Scholars Matter? (Huiyun Feng and Kai He)

SECTION I — Key Concepts Debates

Chapter 2. How Do Chinese Scholars View the Evolution of International Structure? (ZHOU Fangyin)

Chapter 3. China Debates Soft Power: Implications for Chinese Foreign Policy. (LI Mingjiang)

Chapter 4. The Debates among Chinese IR Scholars on China’s National Interests Strategy: 2010 2015. (CHEN Qi and LIU Lanyu)

Chapter 5. China Debates on the Non-Interference Principle. (CHEN Zheng)

SECTION II — Key Policies Debates

Chapter 6. To Ally or Not to Ally? Debating China’s Non-Alliance Strategy in the 21st Century (LIU Ruonan and LIU Feng)

Chapter 7. Preference Expression under Political Constraints: An Analysis of Debates about China’s Use of Force (YIN Jiwu)

Chapter 8. Chinese Scholars’ Debate on Maritime Dispute Strategies (ZUO Xiying)

Chapter 9. China’s Debates on Economic Diplomacy (SONG Guoyou)


Chapter 10. Rethinking the Role of Scholars in Chinese Foreign Policy (Kai He, Huiyun Feng, and YAN Xuetong)


About the Editors

Huiyun Feng is senior lecturer in the School of Government and International Relations at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. She is a former Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar at the United States Institute of Peace. Her publications have appeared in the European Journal of International Relations, Security Studies, The Pacific Review, International Politics, Chinese Journal of International Politics, and Asian Perspective. She is the author of Chinese Strategic Culture and Foreign Policy Decision-Making: Confucianism, Leadership and War (Routledge, 2007) and the co-author of Prospect Theory and Foreign Policy Analysis in the Asia Pacific: Rational Leaders and Risky Behavior (Routledge, 2013).

Kai He is professor of International Relations in the Griffith Asia Institute and Centre for Governance and Public Policy at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. He is currently an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow (2017–2020). He was a postdoctoral fellow in the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program (2009–2010). He is the author of Institutional Balancing in the Asia Pacific: Economic Interdependence and China’s Rise (Routledge, 2009), the co-author of Prospect Theory and Foreign Policy Analysis in the Asia Pacific: Rational Leaders and Risky Behavior (Routledge, 2013), and the author of China’s Crisis Behavior: Political Survival and Foreign Policy (Cambridge, 2016).

Yan Xuetong is the dean and distinguished professor in the Institute of International Relations at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. He also serves as Secretary General of the World Peace Forum and the Editor-in-Chief of the Chinese Journal of International Politics. He is the Vice Chairman of both the China Association of International Relations Studies and the China Association of American Studies, plus serves as a member of the Consultation Committee in the Ministry of Commerce of the PRC. Professor Yan received his PhD in political science from the University of California, Berkeley in 1992. He is the author of many books and articles, including Ancient Chinese Thought, Modern Chinese Power (Princeton, 2011).

About the Series

Routledge Studies on Asia in the World

Routledge Studies on Asia in the World will be an authoritative source of knowledge on Asia studying a variety of cultural, economic, environmental, legal, political, religious, security and social questions, addressed from an Asian perspective. We aim to foster a deeper understanding of the domestic and regional complexities which accompany the dynamic shifts in the global economic, political and security landscape towards Asia and their repercussions for the world at large. We’re looking for scholars and practitioners – Asian and Western alike – from various social science disciplines and fields to engage in testing existing models which explain such dramatic transformation and to formulate new theories that can accommodate the specific political, cultural and developmental context of Asia’s diverse societies. We welcome both monographs and collective volumes which explore the new roles, rights and responsibilities of Asian nations in shaping today’s interconnected and globalized world in their own right.

We are particularly interested in books that demonstrate interdisciplinary and holistic thinking; rigorous and creative research; cross-fertilization of Western and Asian thought; and/or a grass-roots approach.

While we are open to any exciting ideas for edited, single or co-authored work, we are currently inviting book proposals which address the following areas:

    • Global Governance in Asia
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If you have an idea for a new book in Routledge Studies on Asia in the World, please send a written proposal to the Editor in Chief:

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Series Editors:

Dr. Matthias Vanhullebusch – Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Prof. Dr. Ji Weidong– Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Editorial Board:

Prof. Dr. Vinod K. Aggarwal – University of California, Berkeley

Prof. Dr. Jing Men – College of Europe

Prof. Dr. Yaqing Qin– China Foreign Affairs University

Prof. Dr. Javaid Rehman – Brunel University

Prof. Dr. Gurharpal Singh – School of Oriental and African Studies

Prof. Dr. R. Sudarshan – Jindal Global University

Prof. Dr. Nira Wickramasinghe – Leiden University

Prof. Dr. Lanxin Xiang – Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

Prof. Dr. Simon Young – Hong Kong University 

Professor Danny Quah - National University of Singapore


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