China's peaceful rise: Perceptions, policy and misperceptions

China's peaceful rise: Perceptions, policy and misperceptions


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China's peaceful rise: Perceptions, policy and misperceptions by Christopher Herrick, Zheya Gai, Surain Subramaniam

China's rise to great-power status is one of the most significant issues of the twenty-first century. Will the People's Republic be able to complete this process peacefully? And what are the security, economic and governance implications for the rest of the world?

The majority of scholars approach these questions from one of two perspectives: competitive security and power (realism) or complementary economic self-interest (liberalism). In this book, Christopher Herrick, Zheya Gai and Surain Subramaniam offer a constructivist alternative, arguing that China's prospects for achieving great-power status peacefully depend more on domestic and international perceptions of the country's rise - perceptions rooted in such factors as historical experience and national image.

Early chapters explore the Chinese mindset and historical experience, as well as foreign attitudes to China and applicable international relations theory. The authors then proceed to look at three dimensions of Chinese policy - security, economics and governance - situating them within the context of China's relations with Asian neighbours (India, Japan and the states of Southeast Asia), existing international powers (the European Union, Russia and the United States) and emergent trading partners (Africa). At the heart of the book is an analysis of how increased economically beneficial trade with China affects historically based negative perceptions.

Accessible enough for undergraduates but full of material that will challenge academics and policymakers,China's peaceful rise is essential reading for those with interests in Chinese foreign policy, East Asia and international relations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781526104793
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication date: 10/26/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Christopher W. Herrick is Professor of Political Science and Director of the International Studies program at Muhlenberg College

Zheya Gai is Professor of Political Science and Director of International Studies at Washington and Jefferson College

Surain Subramaniam is Associate Professor of International and Asian Studies at University of North Carolina at Asheville

Table of Contents

Introduction - Christopher Herrick

Part I: Perspectives

1. Public and elite perceptions of China's rise - Christopher Herrick

2. The perspectives of international relations theory - Christopher Herrick

3. The Chinese worldview - Zheya Gai

Part II: The Security Dimension

4. China's relations with the United States - Christopher Herrick

5. China's relations with key European states - Christopher Herrick

6. Sino-Japanese Relations - Zheya Gai

7. China-Russia relations - Christopher Herrick

8. China-India relations - Christopher Herrick

9. China's relations with Southeast Asia - Christopher Herrick

Part III: The Economic Dimension

10. China in the global economy - Zheya Gai

11. China - Africa relations - Christopher Herrick

12. China and emerging Asia - Zheya Gai

13. China and the developmental state - Surain Subramaniam

Part IV: Governance

14. China in the UN Security Council - Zheya Gai

15. China in the WTO - Zheya Gai

16. China's ASEAN policy- Zheya Gai

17. China and global democracy- Surain Subramaniam

Conclusions - Christopher Herrick, Zheya Gai and Surain Subramaniam


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