China and International Institutions

Alternate Paths to Global Power

By Marc Lanteigne

© 2004 – Routledge

244 pages

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About the Book

China has shifted its foreign policy from one that avoided engagement in international organizations to one that is now embracing them. These moves present a new challenge to international relations theory.

How will the global community be affected by the engagement of this massive global power with international institutions?

This new study explores why China has chosen to abandon its previous doctrine of institutional isolation and details how it is currently unable to balance American power unilaterally and details an indirect path to greater power. In addition, it includes the first major analysis of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, comprising China, Russia and most of Central Asia.

In contrast to many works on the "rise of China" question, which place an emphasis on her material goods and powers, this book delivers a new approach. It shows how the unique barriers Beijing is facing are preventing the country from taking the traditional paths of territorial expansion and political-economic domination in order to develop as a great power. One of these barriers is the United States and its inherent military and economic strength. The other is the existence of nuclear weapons, which makes direct great power conflict unacceptably costly. China has therefore opted for a new path, using institutions as stepping stones to great power status.

This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of international relations, world politics, world history and Asia.

Reviews

'Lanteigne's study breaks new ground in arguing that Beijing followed the path to increase China's international power, and, for the most part, has acheived his goal.'-The China Journal, No 57

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Red Light, Green Light: China and the World Trade Organisation 3. Flying Geese and Rising Phoenix: China, APEC, and Exclusive Trade Regimes 4. Chimeras or Peacebuilders? China’s New Approach to Strategic Regimes 5. Labyrinth’s Edge: China and the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation 6. Seeking Modernity: China’s Institutional Openings and Shifts in International Power

About the Author

Marc Lanteigne is a Lecturer at McGill University, Canada. His research specialties include the politics and foreign policy of China, as well as China’s regional relations with Central and South Asia. His current research projects focus on Beijing’s evolving engagement policies with international strategic and economic institutions, comparative Asian and Eurasian institution-building, and Chinese diplomacy within the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, and changing Sino-Asian strategic relations. He has published papers on China’s evolving military policy and PLA politics, East Asian diplomacy in the case of North Korean nuclear weapons, and the strategic impact of theatre missile defence in Asia.

About the Series

Asian Security Studies

Few regions of the world are fraught with as many security questions as Asia. Within this region it is possible to study great power rivalries, irredentist conflicts, nuclear and ballistic missile proliferation, secessionist movements, ethnoreligious conflicts and inter-state wars. This series publishes the best possible scholarship on the security issues affecting the region, and includes detailed empirical studies, theoretically oriented case studies and policy-relevant analyses as well as more general works.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS027000
HISTORY / Military / General
POL033000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Globalization
TRV003020
TRAVEL / Asia / China