Order in Asia beyond power transition: understanding China's rise, changing international roles and grand strategies

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Abstract

This article takes stock of the advances in research on the implications of China's rise for regional order in East Asia. Together, the four books discussed in this essay contribute to scholarly debates thus far by and large informed by power transition theory. Specifically, the books' main contribution is to return interactions and relationships to the mainstream of International Relations whilst also making China central to theorizing in the field. They draw on constructivist and critical approaches and contribute refreshing theoretical insights, thoughtfully blended with sociological and historical reflections. The authors also discuss a wide range of empirical issues relating to the changes in East Asian regional order, from financial and economic governance to China's various strategic interactions and the Sino-Russian relationship. As power transition theory has received considerable attention of late, this author calls on scholars to pay more attention to other theoretical approaches and to new empirical issues that illustrate China's approach to regional and global affairs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)359-370
Number of pages12
JournalAsian Politics and Policy
Volume10
Issue number2
Early online date23 Apr 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2018

Keywords

  • China
  • United States
  • Power transition theory
  • Order
  • Asia
  • Ethical relationalism
  • Role theory
  • Thucydides's trap
  • Confucianism
  • Grand strategy

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