1st Edition

Routledge Handbook on Global China

    522 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This innovative Routledge Handbook sheds light on the complex and transformative nature of Global China, prompting a re-evaluation of existing theories on global and regional dynamics. It encourages theoretical innovation, methodological reflection, and analytical transformation, providing new avenues for critical engagement with China's global interactions. The chapters propose three key commitments for the study of Global China: advocating for diverse viewpoints and non-binary frameworks, employing nuanced analysis to understand Beijing's transnational relations, and utilizing alternative methodological approaches to explore different trajectories for China in international affairs.

    The Handbook also identifies and avoids epistemic traps that hinder the understanding of Global China, such as othering and strategic narcissism. It suggests five analytical frameworks related to relationality, global capitalist processes, language and discourse power, planetary-scale modernization and experimentalism to guide future research. By adopting these frameworks, researchers can gain a deeper understanding of the multifaceted factors shaping Global China within the broader global context of cooperation, competition, and crisis.

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    Introduction: Global China: New Approaches to Research on China and the World
    Maximilian Mayer, Emilian Kavalski, Marina Rudyak and Xin Zhang

    I. Framing Global China

    1. Global China, Sinology, and Chinese Studies
    Bart Dessein
    2. China’s Questions in Geography
    Ingo Liefner
    3. China’s Traditional, Modern, and Neo–Socialist World Orders
    William A. Callahan
    4. Americans’s Reactions to Global China’s Rise: Power Shift, Problem Shift, and Policy Shift
    Steve Chan
    5. China as a Driver of a Post–Western Global Imaginary
    Yih-Jye Hwang
    6. The China Challenge? A Holographic Global China Perspective
    Chengxin Pan and Wanyi Zhao

    II. Actors and Agencies of Global China

    7. Great Power Relationships or Common Destiny? Chinese Government and Private Actors’s Long and Winding Road to Find a Place in Global Cyberspace
    Rogier Creemers
    8. International Actorness of the Chinese Local Governments
    Dominik Mierzejewski and Anna Rudakowska
    9. The Party–State’s Global Transgressive Political Activities and Influence Work
    Ralph Weber
    10. Chinese Rationality and the Design of Diplomatic Initiatives
    Chiung-Chiu Huang
    11. Exporting Chinese Digital Authoritarianism
    Martin K. Dimitrov
    12. From the Oriental to the Global City: China’s Urban Rise
    Ryanne Flock and Elena Meyer-Clement
    13. The State of the American and Chinese Technological Competition
    Czaba Moldicz

    III. Global China and International Organizations

    14. Alternative Leadership: China and Global Finance
    Jörn-Carsten Gottwald and Niall Duggan
    15. Global China in Health Governance: Inherent Conflicts in Governance Norms
    Lai-Ha Chan
    16. Global Climate Governance in Transition and China’s Contribution
    Hongyuan Yu, Bo Yu and Yunhan Yu
    17. China in Global Cultural Governance: Crafting a Culture of Dialogue and Cooperation through UNESCO
    Tiewa Liu and Huawei Zong
    18. China, Catalyst of Change: Altering the Dynamics of Development in the Global South
    Jeremy Garlick
    19. Decoding China's Reading of Global Development and Cooperation Norms
    Marina Rudyak

    IV. Global China’s Responses to Global Challenges

    20. China and Sustainable Transition—Chairman Coal vs. Green Cyber–Dragon
    David Tyfield
    21. Meating Global China at Home
    Tracey Fallon
    22. Global China in the Age of Algorithms
    Séverine Arsène
    23. China and Modernity
    Josef Gregory Mahoney
    24. From “Debt Diplomacy” to Donorship: China’s Changing Role in Global Development
    Pádraig Carmody, Tim Zajontz, and Ricardo Reboredo

    V. Entangled Encounters: Internalizing Global China at Home and Localizing Global China Abroad

    25. Innovation in China: Indigenous Efforts and Global Integration
    Cong Cao and Yutao Sun
    26. China’s Subnational Foreign Policymaking
    Nicholas Thomas
    27. Chinese Indonesian Intellectuals’s Quest for Post–Chineseness: Introduction of an Intellectual History Agenda
    Harryanto Aryodiguno and Chih-yu Shih
    28. Nationalism with Chinese Characteristics: Xinjiang and the Politics of (In)Security
    David O’Brien and Melissa Shani Brown
    29. Regionalizing Global China: Institutions, Competitions and Reactions
    Tony Tai-Ting Liu
    30. Limits of Chinese Infrastructure Power and the Local Political Economy in Developing Countries: Evidence from Pakistan
    Muhammad Tayyab Safdar
    31. Globalising China and Peripheral Urbanisation
    Xiangming Chen

    Epilogue: Epistemic Traps and Analytical Registers
    Maximilian Mayer, Emilian Kavalski, Marina Rudyak, and Xin Zhang



    Maximilian Mayer, Professor of International Relations and the Global Politics of Technology at the University of Bonn, Germany.

    Emilian Kavalski, NAWA Chair Professor at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland.

    Marina Rudyak, Assistant Professor at the Institute of Chinese Studies at Heidelberg University, Germany.

    Xin Zhang, Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations at the East China Normal University in Shanghai, China.