A Rising China and Security in East Asia: Identity by Rex Li

By Rex Li

A emerging China, diplomacy theories, and chinese language safeguard discourse of East Asian powers -- Hegemonic aspirations in a unipolar international : US safeguard approach below the George Bush Snr and invoice Clinton presidencies -- September eleven, pre-emption and the Bush Doctrine : US defense approach lower than the George W. Bush management -- defense, identification, and strategic selection : Japan's quest for a superb strength prestige -- A key participant in an rising multipolar global : Russia and East Asian defense -- China's reaction to the safety problem of the foremost powers in East Asia : identification development and nice strength aspirations -- chinese language safeguard discourse and its implications for the talk at the upward push of China

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Moreover, rapid technological change combined with growing economic and cultural interactions between China and the external world are said to have made it difficult for the regime to maintain tight social and political control (Gilboy and Heginbotham 2001). There now 12 A rising China and Chinese security discourse exist numerous semi-official and unofficial social organizations and publications, leading to a scholarly debate on the possible emergence of a civil society in China (White, Howell and Shang 1996; He 1997).

Little attention is paid to such ideational factors as ideas, values and identities which are arguably more important in shaping the decisions and actions of policy-makers. This brings us to other theoretical perspectives recently employed by scholars in the debate on China’s ascendancy. A rising China and Chinese security discourse 17 Constructivism: norms, identity and interests A theory that has made a valuable contribution to the scholarly debate of the security implications of a rising China is constructivism.

Liberal authors such as Vincent Cable and Peter Ferdinand (1994) argue that growing economic linkages between the PRC and its neighbours would make military confrontation too costly to contemplate. Chinese leaders, says Michael Yahuda (1997: 22), have recognized that economic interdependence plays a vital part in sustaining China’s economic growth, maintaining its social stability and legitimizing the rule of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Christopher Findlay and Andrew Watson (1997) find that the level of China’s trade interdependency has transformed the relationships between the PRC and the rest of the world.

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