The Rise of China and Chinese International Relations Scholarship

The Rise of China and Chinese International Relations Scholarship

by Hung-jen Wang
     
 

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This book looks at the relationship between Chinese international relations (IR) scholarship and China’s rise as a world power. Specifically, it addresses how China’s rising international status since the early 1990s has shaped the country’s IR studies, and the different ways that Chinese IR scholars are interpreting that rise. The author argues that

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This book looks at the relationship between Chinese international relations (IR) scholarship and China’s rise as a world power. Specifically, it addresses how China’s rising international status since the early 1990s has shaped the country’s IR studies, and the different ways that Chinese IR scholars are interpreting that rise. The author argues that the development of IR studies in China has been influenced by China’s past historical experiences, its recent change in status in world politics, and indigenous scholarly interpretations of both factors. Instead of treating Chinese IR scholars as value-free social scientists, the author shows how Chinese scholars—as purposive, strategic, and emotional actors—tend to manipulate existing (mostly Western) IR theories to support their policy propositions and identity statements. This book represents one of few efforts to determine how local Chinese scholars are constructing IR knowledge, how they are dealing with intersections between indigenous Chinese and imported IR theory and concepts, and how Chinese scholars are analyzing “their China” in terms of its current rise to power.

Editorial Reviews

China Review
Hung-Jen Wang’s book . . . aims to inform readers about the views of Chinese IR scholars. . . .Wang’s core argument is that the production of IR knowledge in China is the result of a dynamic interaction between Chinese scholars and their subject, China. . . .Three operative concepts are at work here. First is identity, in which Wang makes the argument that Chinese IR scholarship has to be understood in view of the Chinese historical, cultural, and political contexts. . . .Second is appropriation. Chinese scholars freely make use of Western theories and concepts when these theories and concepts serve the policy recommendations they are making. . . .Third is adaptation, in which Chinese scholars, by borrowing Western theories, also make important efforts to tailor and modify these theories to fit China’s needs and conditions. In the process, these Western theories and concepts, which aspire to universal application, are relativized in the Chinese context. . . .This book has the merit of being the first book to review, discuss, and categorize a large number of Chinese IR writings. The data collected by the author are impressive.
Suisheng Zhao
Hung-jen Wang has written one of the first books, if not the first book, to systematically examine the relationship between China’s rise and the study of international relations in China. Given the growing influence of China in international affairs, it has become increasingly imperative for the outside world to understand Chinese scholars' unique outlooks on international relations, especially their views of China’s rise. This book is a welcome addition to facilitate the constructive dialog between Chinese and Western scholars of international relations.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739178515
Publisher:
Lexington Books
Publication date:
08/23/2013
Series:
Challenges Facing Chinese Political Development
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
204
File size:
710 KB

Meet the Author

Hung-jen Wang received his doctorate in Political Science from the University of Tübingen, Germany. He was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany (2012-2013). The author’s research interests include international relations (IR) theory, international security, Chinese foreign policy, cross-Strait relations, and Taiwanese democratization.

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