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The Ashgate Research Companion to Chinese Foreign Policy

1st Edition

Edited by Emilian Kavalski


502 pages

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The Ashgate Research Companion to Chinese Foreign Policy draws out the full range of topics and issues that characterise China's external affairs. The volume is intended to provide an overview of Chinese foreign policy that will be relevant both to experts in the field as well as those that are just starting to grapple with Beijing's international outlook. The investigation of Chinese foreign policy offered by the volume is divided into seven parts: - Part I focuses on the historical evolution of Chinese foreign policy by detailing the specific traditions and the altering paradigms of Beijing's external outlook proffered for the explanation and understanding of Chinese foreign policy - Part II discusses the different analytical perspectives proffered for the explanation and understanding of Chinese foreign policy - Part III considers the domestic sources of Chinese foreign policy - Part IV analyses the international impact of Beijing's outreach - Part V of the volume begins the exploration of China's relations with specific international actors - Part VI investigates the regional interactions of Chinese foreign policy - Part VII of the volume draws attention to several issues impacting both the practice and the understanding of Chinese foreign policy This Companion draws a vivid picture of the full spectrum of topics, issues, and relationships that define China's international interactions. The collection therefore provides a relevant point of departure for anyone interested in learning about Beijing's external affairs. Owing to the wide range of themes and ideas, this volume is essential reading for students of Chinese foreign policy.


'The world now finds itself at the cusp of momentous transformation effected most importantly by the accelerated rise of China. This timely book tracks China's expanding global agenda, while noting the irony of its increasing preoccupation at home. It offers an accessible and cogent synopsis of key issues, but also raises critical questions about China's foreign policy.' Yong Deng, U.S. Naval Academy, USA 'This wide-ranging collection of essays on Chinese foreign policy, written by the experts in the field from both inside and outside China, makes an important contribution to the current literature. This book deserves a careful reading by all scholars and policy makers interested in Chinese foreign policy. It also offers an important, comprehensive, and essential reading for graduate and undergraduate courses in Chinese foreign policy.' Sujian Guo, San Francisco State University Center for U.S.-China Policy Studies, USA 'This is an ambitious study of China's foreign relations that brings together a collection of talented scholars, many with a Chinese heritage, who offer refreshingly different but informed perspectives into critical and sometimes original aspects of China's external interactions. This book helps to address some important gaps in the understanding of how China views and interprets the world.' Tai Ming Cheung, University of California San Diego, USA 'While this book is one of a series of substantial scholarly works devoted to different aspects of contemporary world affairs, it is the only one so far to study the policies of a single country. The editor’s introduction puts the crucial questions in this regard: do we in the west actually know what China’s view of the world is? And can she, with a quite different historical perspective, be expected to act in international affairs in the same way as a great western power would do?… The future of the world may turn on the answers to the questions posed in this important book, which may be recommen

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction: engaging China's foreign policy, Emilian Kavalski; Part I Historical and Analytical Perspectives on China's Foreign Policy: In quest of independence: an unchanging paradigm of China's foreign policy, Lai-Ha Chan; International status: China's pursuit of comprehensive superpower status, Mingjiang Li; China's strategic culture and foreign policy, Huiyun Feng; China's rise and international relations theory, Dingding Chen. Part II The Domestic Sources of China's Foreign Policy: The rise of nationalism and China's foreign policy, Kingsley Edney and Baogang He; Communist ideology and Chinese foreign policy, Winberg Chai; The 'new security concept': the role of the military in China's foreign policy, Yee-Kuang Heng; Economic development and China's foreign policy, Hongyi Lai and Su-jeong Kang. Part III The International Impact of China's Foreign Policy: Soft power in Chinese foreign policy: concepts, policies, and effectiveness, James Reilly; Religion, culture and Confucius Institutes in China's foreign policy, Kim-Kwong Chan and Alan Hunter; Overseas Chinese and Chinese foreign policy, John Lee; China and the global surge for resources, Carrie Liu Currier. Part IV China's Bilateral Interactions: The relations between China and the USA, Jian Yang; China's bilateral interactions with Russia, Susan Turner Haynes; Perspectives on China's relations with the European Union, Reuben Wong; Sino-Indian relations: peaceful coexistence or pending rivalry, Jing-dong Yuan. Part V China's Regional Strategies: China's relations with the Middle East: China’s relations with the Middle East, Niv Horesh; China’s relations with Central Asia (SCO), Russell Ong; China’s relations with Southeast Asia (ASEAN), Ming Te Hung and Mei-Hsien Lee; China’s relations with Northeast Asia, Enyu Zhang; China’s relations with Africa, May Tan-Mullins and Giles Mohan; China’s relations with Latin America, Tung-Chieh Tsai and Tony Tai-Ting Liu; Anchoring China’s oceanic re

About the Editor

Emilian Kavalski is Associate Professor of Global Studies at the Institute for Social Justice, Australian Catholic University (Sydney). He is currently working on (i) the encounter of International Relations with life in the Anthropocene, especially the conceptualization of and engagement with non-human actors; and (ii) the nascent Asian normative orders and the ways in which they confront, compliment, and transform established traditions, norms, and institutions. Emilian contends that in both these areas the application of Complexity Thinking has important implications for the way global life is approached, explained, and understood. At the same time, these research foci sketch a prolegomenon to the conceptual contexts of theory-building and policy-making intent on facilitating economic, social, and environmental interactions that promote the well-being of people in ways that are just, equitable, and sustainable.

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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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POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General