A Hierarchical Vision of Order

Understanding Chinese Foreign Policy in Asia

By Antoine Roth

Published

Jan 1, 2023

Page count

256 pages

Series

Bristol Studies in East Asian International Relations

ISBN

978-1529227505

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Jan 1, 2023

Page count

256 pages

Series

Bristol Studies in East Asian International Relations

ISBN

978-1529227512

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

China’s vision for international order is a matter of great global interest. This book analyses China’s vision for foreign policy and how it is seeking to achieve its goals with its immediate neighbours.

The book provides a historically informed account by examining the legacy of China’s imperial past and traditional political philosophy for insights on the country’s view of its place in today’s world. It argues that China today sees the maintenance of order as its own responsibility and that it believes this order needs to attribute different positions and roles to ‘small’ and ‘big’ states to achieve stability. Furthermore, it explores the different tools which China employs to achieve its vision, including a proactive diplomacy, the control of international discourse, threat of punishment for ‘misbehaviour’ and the promise of economic benefits in return for compliance.

Antoine Roth is Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Law at Tohoku University, Japan.

Introduction

1. Aspects of Asia as an International System

2. The Ideal of Hierarchical Order

3. Statecraft in the Long Imperial Era

4. The ‘Western Shock’ and China’s Forced Entry Into International Society

5. The PRC’s Pursuit of a ‘New International Order’

6. Moral Discourse and Ritual in Contemporary Chinese Diplomacy

7. Traditional Tools of Rulership in the Modern World

Conclusion