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China's International Relations in Asia

Edited by Li Mingjiang

Routledge – 2010 – 1,618 pages

Series: Critical Issues in Modern Politics

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The startling growth of China’s economic and military power, as well as its cultural influence, is having a huge impact on the rest of the world. The key region to observe this impact is, of course, Asia and the past decade has witnessed significant and multi-faceted changes in China’s policy toward its Asian neighbours and in the relations between them. The strategic dimension of China’s approaches to Asian international relations is increasingly a focal point in the scholarly community and policy-making circles. However, views on the strategic impact of China’s rise on Asia’s political and security future are polarized, with some believing that China’s regional policy is an intentional attempt to challenge the US supremacy in Asia, or who are simply suspicious of China’s long-term regional ambitions.

Volume I of this new Routledge Major Work collection examines China’s long-term strategy in Asia, and Volume II looks at China and non-traditional security in Asia. Volume III focuses on China and Asian regionalism, while Volume IV assembles the best scholarship on the response of Asian states to the rise of China and how China’s rise and its increasing influence in the region have changed the foreign and security policy of those regional states and their domestic political economies.

China’s International Relations in Asia is fully indexed and includes a comprehensive introduction, newly written by the editor, which places the collected material in its historical and intellectual context.


Volume I: China and the Changing Strategic Dynamics in Asia

Part 1: China’s Regional Strategic Environment

1. Daniel Twining, ‘America’s Grand Design in Asia’, The Washington Quarterly, 2007, 30, 3, 79–94.

2. Robert S. Ross, ‘Balance of Power Politics and the Rise of China: Accommodation and Balancing in East Asia’, Security Studies, 2006, 15, 3, 355–95.

3. Evan S. Medeiros, ‘Strategic Hedging and the Future of Asia-Pacific Stability’, The Washington Quarterly, 2005–6, 29, 1, 145–67.

4. Purnendra Jain and John Bruni, ‘Japan, Australia, and the United States: Little NATO or Shadow Alliance?’, International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, 2004, 4, 265–85.

Part 2: China and Strategic Interactions in Northeast Asia

5. Christopher Twomey, ‘Explaining Chinese Foreign Policy toward North Korea: Navigating Between the Scylla and Charybdis of Proliferation and Instability’, Journal of Contemporary China, 2008, 17, 56, 401–23.

6. Peter Hays Gries, ‘China’s "New Thinking" on Japan’, The China Quarterly, 2005, 184, 831–50.

7. Liselotte Odgaard, ‘Chinese Northeast Asia Policies and the Tragedy of Northeast Asia’s Security Architecture’, Global Change, Peace & Security, 2008, 20, 2, 185–99.

Part 3: China’s Strategic Role in Southeast Asia

8. C. P. Chung, ‘Southeast Asia–China Relations: Dialectics of "Hedging" and "Counter-Hedging"’, Southeast Asian Affairs, 2004, 35–53.

9. Elizabeth Economy, ‘China’s Rise in Southeast Asia: Implications for the United States’, Journal of Contemporary China, 2005, 14, 44, 409–25.

10. Lawrence E. Grinter, ‘China, the United States, and Mainland Southeast Asia: Opportunism and the Limits of Power’, Contemporary Southeast Asia, 2006, 28, 3, 447–65.

11. Evelyn Goh, ‘Great Powers and Hierarchical Order in Southeast Asia’, International Security, 2007–8, 32, 3, 113–57.

Part 4: China’s Strategic Involvement in South Asia

12. James R. Holmes and Toshi Yoshihara, ‘China’s Naval Ambitions in the Indian Ocean’, The Journal of Strategic Studies, 2008, 31, 3, 367–94.

13. Shaun Randol, ‘How to Approach the Elephant: Chinese Perceptions of India in the Twenty-first Century’, Asian Affairs, 2008, 211–26.

14. Thierry Mathou, ‘Tibet and its Neighbors: Moving toward a New Chinese Strategy in the Himalayan Region’, Asian Survey, 2005, 45, 4, 503–21.

15. Sadaf Farooq, ‘Sino-American Relations in the Post Cold War Era: Implications for South Asia’, China: An International Journal, 2007, 5, 1, 78–94.

Part 5: China and the Strategic Game in Central Asia

16. Kevin Sheives, ‘China Turns West: Beijing’s Contemporary Strategy Towards Central Asia’, Pacific Affairs, 2006, 79, 2, 205–24.

17. Russell Ong, ‘China’s Security Interests in Central Asia’, Central Asian Survey, 2005, 24, 4, 425–39.

18. Richard Weitz, ‘Averting a New Great Game in Central Asia’, The Washington Quarterly, 2006, 29, 3, 155–67.


19. Renato Cruz De Castro, ‘Exploring the Prospect of China’s Peaceful Emergence in East Asia’, Asian Affairs, 2006, 33, 2, 85–102.

Volume II: China and Non-Traditional Security in Asia

Part 6: Non-Traditional Security: the Contemporary Context

20. Joseph Y. S. Cheng, ‘Broadening the Concept of Security in East and Southeast Asia: The Impact of the Asian Financial Crisis and the September 11 Incident’, Journal of Contemporary China, 2006, 15, 46, 89–111.

Part 7: China’s Energy Security

21. Charles E. Ziegler, ‘The Energy Factor in China’s Foreign Policy’, Journal of Chinese Political Science, 2006, 11, 1, 1–23.

22. Joseph Y. S. Cheng, ‘A Chinese View of China’s Energy Security’, Journal of Contemporary China, 2008, 17, 55, 297–317.

23. Zhang Xuegang, ‘Southeast Asia and Energy: Gateway to Stability’, China Security, 2007, 3, 2, 18–35.

24. Leszek Buszynski and Iskandar Sazlan, ‘Maritime Claims and Energy Cooperation in the South China Sea’, Contemporary Southeast Asia, 2007, 29, 1, 143–71.

25. Suisheng Zhao, ‘China’s Global Search for Energy Security: Cooperation and Competition in Asia-Pacific’, Journal of Contemporary China, 2008, 17, 55, 207–27.

26. Janet Xuanli Liao, ‘Sino-Japanese Energy Security and Regional Stability: The Case of the East China Sea Gas Exploration’, East Asia, 2008, 25, 57–78.

27. Timo Menniken, ‘China’s Performance in International Resource Politics: Lessons from the Mekong’, Contemporary Southeast Asia, 2007, 29, 1, 97–120.

Part 8: China’s Economic Security

28. Wang Zhile, ‘Foreign Acquisition in China: Threat or Security?’, China Security, 2007, 3, 2, 86–98.

29. Ye Fujing, ‘Financial Opening and Financial Security’, Chinese Journal of International Politics, 2007, 1, 559–87.

Part 9: China and Environmental Issues

30. Alex Liebman, ‘Trickle-down Hegemony? China’s "Peaceful Rise" and Dam Building on the Mekong’, Contemporary Southeast Asia, 2005, 27, 2, 281–304.

31. Ka Zeng and Josh Eastin, ‘International Economic Integration and Environmental Protection: The Case of China’, International Studies Quarterly, 2007, 51, 971–95.

32. Joanna I. Lewis, ‘China’s Strategic Priorities in International Climate Change Negotiations’, The Washington Quarterly, 2007–8, 31, 1, 155–74.

33. Hongyuan Yu, ‘Knowledge and Climate Change Policy Coordination in China’, East Asia, 2004, 21, 3, 58–77.

34. Ryokichi Hirono, ‘Japan’s Environmental Cooperation with China During the Last Two Decades’, Asia-Pacific Review, 2007, 14, 2, 1–16.

Part 10: Social Dimensions of China’s Non-Traditional Security

35. Nicholas Thomas, ‘The Regionalization of Avian Influenza in East Asia: Responding to the Next Pandemic (?)’, Asian Survey, 2006, XLVI, 6, 917–36.

36. Andrew Thompson, ‘International Security Challenges Posed by HIV/AIDS: Implications for China’, China: An International Journal, 2004, 2, 2, 287–307.

37. David Kerr and Laura C. Swinton, ‘China, Xinjiang, and the Transnational Security of Central Asia’, Critical Asian Studies, 2008, 40, 1, 113–42.

Volume III: China and Asian Regional Multilateralism

Part 11: Historical and Contemporary Contexts

38. Takeshi Hamashita, ‘Changing Regions and China: Historical Perspectives’, China Report, 2001, 37, 3, 333–51.

39. Matsuo Watanabe, ‘Issues in Regional Integration of East Asia: Conflicting Priorities and Perceptions’, Asia-Pacific Review, 2004, 11, 2, 1–17.

40. Julie Gilson, ‘Strategic Regionalism in East Asia’, Review of International Studies, 2007, 33, 145–63.

Part 12: Continuity and Changes in Chinese Approach

41. Christopher R. Hughes, ‘Nationalism and Multilateralism in Chinese Foreign Policy: Implications for Southeast Asia’, The Pacific Review, 2005, 18, 1, 119–35.

42. Kuik Cheng-Chwee, ‘Multilateralism in China’s ASEAN Policy: Its Evolution, Characteristics, and Aspiration’, Contemporary Southeast Asia, 2005, 27, 1, 102–22.

43. Takeshi Yuzawa, ‘The Evolution of Preventive Diplomacy in the ASEAN Regional Forum: Problems and Prospects’, Asian Survey, 2006, 46, 5, 785–804.

44. Allen Carlson, ‘Helping to Keep the Peace (Albeit Reluctantly): China’s Recent Stance on Sovereignty and Multilateral Intervention’, Pacific Affairs, 2004, 77, 1, 9–27.

45. Flemming Splidsboel Hansen, ‘The Shanghai Co-operation Organization’, Asian Affairs, 2008, XXXIX, II, 217–32.

Part 13: China’s Regional Economic Multilateralism

46. Kevin G. Cai, ‘The ASEAN-China Free Trade Agreement and East Asian Regional Grouping’, Contemporary Southeast Asia, 2003, 25, 3, 387–404.

47. Donghyun Park, ‘The Prospects of the ASEAN–China Free Trade Area (ACFTA): A Qualitative Overview’, Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy, 2007, 12, 4, 485–503.

48. Stephen Hoadley and Jian Yang, ‘China’s Cross-Regional FTA Initiatives: Towards Comprehensive National Power’, Pacific Affairs, 2007, 80, 2, 327–48.

49. John W. Garver, ‘Development of China’s Overland Transportation Links with Central, South-west and South Asia’, The China Quarterly, 2006, 1–22.

Part 14: Greater China and East Asian Regionalism

50. David Kerr, ‘Greater China and East Asian Integration: Regionalism and Rivalry’, East Asia, 2004, 21, 1, 75–92.

51. Marion Chyun-Yang Wang, ‘Greater China: Powerhouse of East Asian Regional Cooperation’, East Asia, 2004, 21, 4, 38–63.

52. Dajin Peng, ‘Ethnic Chinese Business Networks and the Asia-Pacific Economic Integration’, Journal of Asian and African Studies, 2000, 35, 229–50.

Part 15: China and the Prospect of East Asian Integration

53. Byung-Joon Ahn, ‘The Rise of China and the Future of East Asian Integration’, Asia-Pacific Review, 2004, 11, 2, 18–35.

54. T. J. Pempel, ‘Northeast Asian Economic Integration: A Region in Flux’, Asia-Pacific Review, 2007, 14, 2, 45–61.

55. Sarah Chan and Chun-Chien Kuo, ‘Trilateral Trade Relations among China, Japan and South Korea: Challenges and Prospects of Regional Economic Integration’, East Asia, 2005, 22, 1, 33–50.

56. Nick Bisley, ‘East Asia’s Changing Regional Architecture: Towards an East Asian Economic Community?’, Pacific Affairs, 2007–8, 80, 4, 603–25.

Volume IV: East Asia Responds to a Rising China

Part 16: Contentions over Historical Memory and Identity

57. Shogo Suzuki, ‘The Importance of "Othering" in China’s National Identity: Sino-Japanese Relations as a Stage of Identity Conflicts’, The Pacific Review, 2007, 20, 1, 23–47.

58. Peter Hays Gries, ‘The Koguryo Controversy, National Identity, and Sino-Korean Relations Today’, East Asia, 2005, 22, 4, 3–17.

59. J. J. Suh, ‘War-like History or Diplomatic History? Contentions Over the Past and Regional Orders in Northeast Asia’, Australian Journal of International Affairs, 2007, 61, 3, 382–402.

60. Martin Stuart-Fox, ‘Southeast Asia and China: The Role of History and Culture in Shaping Future Relations’, Contemporary Southeast Asia, 2004, 26, 1, 116–39.

Part 17: Big Powers, Small Powers, Variegated Responses to China

61. Ralpha A. Cossa, ‘US Security Strategy in Asia and the Prospects for an Asian Regional Security Regime’, Asia-Pacific Review, 2005, 12, 1, 64–86.

62. Tok Sow Keat, ‘Neither Friends Nor Foes: China’s Dilemmas in Managing its Japan Policy’, China: An International Journal, 2005, 3, 2, 292–300.

63. Jing-dong Yuan, ‘The Dragon and the Elephant: Chinese-Indian Relations in the 21st Century’, The Washington Quarterly, 2007, 30, 3, 131–44.

64. Nayan Chanda, ‘China and Cambodia: In the Mirror of History’, Asia-Pacific Review, 2002, 9, 2, 1–11.

65. Busakorn Chantasasawat, ‘Burgeoning Sino-Thai Relations: Heightening Cooperation, Sustaining Economic Security’, China: An International Journal, 2006, 4, 1, 86–112.

66. Alexander L. Vuving, ‘Strategy and Evolution of Vietnam’s China Policy: A Changing Mixture of Pathways’, Asian Survey, 2006, 46, 6, 805–24.

67. Kuik Cheng-Chwee, ‘The Essence of Hedging: Malaysia and Singapore’s Response to a Rising China’, Contemporary Southeast Asia, 2008, 30, 2, 159–85.

68. Alice D. Ba, ‘Who’s Socializing Whom? Complex Engagement in Sino-ASEAN Relations’, The Pacific Review, 2006, 19, 2, 157–79.

Part 18: The Economic Impact of China’s Rise

69. Rajah Rasiah, ‘The Competitive Impact of China on Southeast Asia’s Labour Markets’, Journal of Contemporary Asia, 2005, 35, 4, 447–70.

70. Stephen Frost, ‘Chinese Outward Direct Investment in Southeast Asia: How Big are the Flows and What Does it Mean for the Region?’, The Pacific Review, 2004, 17, 3, 323–40.

71. John Ravenhill, ‘Is China an Economic Threat to Southeast Asia?’, Asian Survey, 2006, 46, 5, 653–74.

72. Vivienne Wee and Chan Yuk Wah, ‘Ethnicity and Capital: Changing Relations Between China and Southeast Asia’, Journal of Contemporary Asia, 2006, 36, 3, 328–49.

Part 19: China and Asia’s Emerging New Order

73. David C. Kang, ‘Getting Asia Wrong: The Need for New Analytical Frameworks’, International Security, 2003, 27, 4, 57–85.

74. Denny Roy, ‘Southeast Asia and China: Balancing or Bandwagoning?’, Contemporary Southeast Asia, 2005, 27, 2, 305–22.

75. David Camroux, ‘Asia … Whose Asia? A "Return to the Future" of a Sino-Indic Asian Community’, The Pacific Review, 2007, 20, 4, 551–75.

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