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  • Camilla T. N. Sørensen
What kind of great power is China? The prevailing argument in the Western International Relations literature is that Beijing is increasingly acting in an assertive way with a narrow focus on promoting its own national interests. Recent Chinese activities in relation to the unsolved maritime disputes in the South and East China Sea are especially highlighted as examples of a generally more aggressive and ambitious China. Is this the case? I argue “No”. Developments in Chinese foreign and security policy behavior in recent years also reflect an insecure and reactive Chinese leadership focused on and preoccupied with domestic challenges and not yet ready for China’s new international role and uncertain of how to manage the challenges and the inevitable tension, both domestically and internationally, arising from China’s rapid development. In relation to International Relations theories, this inward-focused quality of China’s rise does, however, not fit into the dominant neo-realist analysis in the West and is often ignored. I demonstrate how a neo-classical realist analytical framework that highlights the importance of both the changed international conditions and the changed domestic conditions for Chinese foreign and security policy provides a stronger theoretical basis for the realist analysis of China’s rise.
Bidragets oversatte titelChinese foreign and security policy behavior under changed conditions: A neo-classical realist analysis)
Tidsskrift国际政治研究 (The Journal of International Studies)
Udgave nummer3
Sider (fra-til)96-109
Antal sider13
StatusUdgivet - 15 jun. 2014

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