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Power Transition in Asia

1st Edition

Edited by David Walton, Emilian Kavalski


226 pages

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Current preoccupations with the 'rise of Asia' attest to the nascent contestation of the very idea of what the pattern of international politics should look like and how it should be practiced. In this respect, the growing reference to a 'shift to the East' in global politics has become a popular shorthand for the nascent 'power transition' in world affairs. This volume offers a detailed conceptual and empirical investigation of the dynamics of power transition in Asia and details the accommodation strategies and coping mechanisms of different small and middle powers in Asia and, importantly, China's responses to these approaches.

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Notes on Contributors


Continuity and Change in the Adjustments of Small and Middle Powers in Asia to the Power Shift to the East

David Walton

Part I: Conceptual and Historical Contexts of Power Transition

Chapter 1

The Theory and Practice of Power Shift Revisited

Michael Cox

Chapter 2

Hegemonic Turnover in East Asia: A Historical Review since the Nineteenth Century

Tung-Chieh Tsai and Tony Tai-Ting Liu

Part II: Chinese Reactions to the Power Transition

Chapter 3

Power Transition in Asia: The View from China

Ren Xiao

Chapter 4

Chinese IR Theory Responds to the Power Transition

Hung-jen Wang

Part III: Asia-PACIFIC Reactions to the Power Transition

Chapter 5

Pivots, Transitions, and Distractions: Power Transition Theory in East Asia and the US-Japan-China Relationship

Steven F. Jackson

Chapter 6

Australia’s Asian Mirror

Malcolm Cook

Chapter 7

Sino-Indonesia relations towards 2050: the burden of history and the burden of expectations

Steven Drakeley

Chapter 8

The Senkaku/Diaoyudao territorial dispute: Legal, historical, and political perspectives

Go Ito

Chapter 9

Indian Perceptions of the Power Transition

Harsh V. Pant

Chapter 10

China’s Rise and the Future of Cross-Strait Relations: Certainty in the Midst of Uncertainty

Yitan Li and Enyu Zhang

Chapter 11

Russian Perceptions of the Power Transition

Artyom Lukin

Chapter 12

Vietnam Perceptions of the Power Transition

Kim Huynh and Thanh Hai Do



Whether Power Transition and Whither if One?

Emilian Kavalski


About the Editors

David Walton is a Senior Lecturer in Asian Studies and International Relations at the University of Western Sydney.

Emilian Kavalski is Associate Professor of Global Studies at the Institute for Social Justice, Australian Catholic University.

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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