No country has felt the impact of China’s rise more keenly than Japan. In my recent book, Intimate Rivals: Japanese Domestic Politics and a Rising China, I explore the complex ways in which China’s growing influence is affecting Japan’s domestic debate about its foreign policy goals and its own ability to compete in regional affairs. Yet there is a more pressing question.
ABSTRACT: This presentation will survey the range of perspectives among China's leading thinkers about the trajectory of Chinese sea power development and the relationship between sea power and the nation's security strategy. The presentation will relate China's security strategy to developments in the South China Sea--including the island-building campaign and the Philippines' arbitration case--and consider potential future developments in China's near seas and in the Indian Ocean.
In this talk Professor Michael J. Green will preview his forthcoming book on the history of American statecraft in Asia and explain how those lessons apply as mastery of the Western Pacific is again being contested. While many accounts of American policy in Asia begin with the end of the Second World War or perhaps the Spanish American War, in fact the core concepts of American engagement across the Pacific were established by the first Americans to travel to the Far East in the year after the Revolutionary War ended.
The rise of China in the recent decades has generated tremendous amount of strategic anxiety among myriads of concerned parties.
MEETING CHINA HALFWAY: HOW TO DEFUSE THE US-CHINA RIVALRY
Starting with a conceptual analysis of order, I go on to critically examine the notion of international order and “liberal” international order. I argue that some of the underpinning principles of “liberal” international order are foundationally different from the underpinning principles of liberal (domestic) order.
For March 3-4th, 2016 The China and the World Program at the Woodrow Wilson School will be at Lehigh University in Bethlehem PA.
March 3rd Schedule
12:00-12:30 – Lunch – University Center – Room 308
Avery Goldstein is David M. Knott Professor of Global Politics and International Relations, Director of Center for the Study of Contemporary China, and Associate Director of the Christopher H. Browne Center for International Politics at the University of Pennsylvania. Goldstein’s research focuses on international relations, security studies, and Chinese politics.
According to a liberal peace thesis, China may become prosperous and democratic at home as well as peaceful abroad if the United States integrates China into world trade. The thesis, however, is ahistorical because only after the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown was trade understood in salvationist terms. In the 1980s, trade was merely understood as serving the geopolitical purpose of strengthening the U.S.-China alignment against Moscow. During the early post-Mao reform, prosperity and democracy were viewed as growing from within.
Christina Lai, CWP Postdoctoral Fellow
China’s economy and its military capabilities have grown significantly in the last three decades, yet up until 2010 China’s neighbors did not form a counterbalancing coalition against China or significantly increase their military spending. Most studies offer traditional balance of power explanations for this outcome, such as free-riding on U.S. efforts, but this neglects the role Chinese leaders’ rhetoric has played in legitimating China’s rise.