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Harmonious Intervention

China's Quest for Relational Security, 1st Edition

By Chiung-Chiu Huang, Chih-yu Shih


210 pages

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Two major features of international relations at the beginning of the 21st century are global governance and the rise of China. Global governance, advocating global norms, requires intervention into sovereign domains in defiance of those norms. However, an ascendant China adheres to a classic stance on sovereign integrity which prohibits such intervention. Whether or not China will ultimately Sinicize global governance or become assimilated into global norms remains both a theoretical and a practical challenge. Both challenges come from China’s alternative style of global governance, which embodies the doctrine of 'balance of relationship,' in contrast with the familiar international relations embedded in ’balance of power’ or ’balance of interest.’ An understanding of China’s intervention policy based upon the logic of balance of relationship is therefore the key to tackling the anxiety precipitated by these theoretical as well as practical challenges.


’China’s intervention behavior has been a puzzle because of the apparent inconsistency. This book adopts a cultural approach and offers a convincing explanation by highlighting the concept of balance of relationship. It includes illustrative cases to show the underlying consistency despite the apparent inconsistency. Foregrounding cultural background knowledge, it is a valuable achievement in the study of world politics.’ Qin Yaqing, China Foreign Affairs University ’This book introduces a cultural/civilizational approach to explaining the dynamics of interplay between China’s rise and global governance. The key argument that China's quest for security is more centered on the balance of harmonious relations than national interest is sure to provoke realist critics. Given the importance of the issues discussed, this book is essential reading for students of Chinese foreign policy and international relations.’ Samuel S. Kim, Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University, USA

About the Authors

Chiung-Chiu Huang, National Chengchi University, Taiwan and Chih-yu Shih, National Taiwan University, Taiwan.

About the Series

Rethinking Asia and International Relations

Rethinking Asia and International Relations
This series provides thoughtful consideration both of the growing prominence of Asian actors on the global stage and the changes in the study and practice of world affairs that they provoke. It offers a comprehensive parallel assessment of the full spectrum of Asian states, organisations, and regions and their impact on the dynamics of global politics. The series encourages conversation on: ¢ What rules, norms, and strategic cultures are likely to dominate international life in the 'Asian Century'; ¢ How will global problems be reframed and addressed by a 'rising Asia'; ¢ Which institutions, actors, and states are likely to provide leadership during such 'shifts to the East'; ¢ Whether there is something distinctly 'Asian' about the emerging patterns of global politics. Such comprehensive engagement not only offers a critical assessment of the actual and prospective roles of Asian actors, but rethinks the concepts, practices, and frameworks of analysis of world politics.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General