China's Quest for Global Order

China's Quest for Global Order : From Peaceful Rise to Harmonious World

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The "rise of China" has become a ubiquitous and often menacing term in global politics. China's Quest for Global Order: From Peaceful Rise to Harmonious World, by Rosita Dellios, PhD, and R. James Ferguson, PhD, examines how China's leadership has responded to this depiction and the strategic approaches that have been developed to ameliorate threat perceptions. Borrowing from its own Confucian heritage to promote a harmonious world policy, China's contribution to world order is likely to be more robust than the "responsible stakeholder" epithet upon which the West has pinned its collective hopes. The book interprets China's quest for global order from Chinese perspectives, old and new, and provides the relevant philosophical and historical background to engage the reader in the ensuing debates.show more

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  • Hardback | 180 pages
  • 162.56 x 243.84 x 20.32mm | 385.55g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739168339
  • 9780739168332

About Rosita Dellios

Rosita Dellios, PhD, is Associate Professor of International Relations at Bond University in Australia. She lectures and writes on the themes of Chinese defence policy and philosophy, concepts for world order and future trends in global politics. She regularly visits Beijing to keep abreast with developments in the fields of China's foreign and defence policies as well as debates in Confucian philosophy. R. James Ferguson, PhD, is Director of Bond University's Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies, and Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. His teaching and research areas include East Asia, the Indo-Pacific Region, Eurasia, and Latin America, as well as regionalism and globalization studies. He has an academic background in history, cultural systems, and philosophy.show more

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Like Henry Kissinger's 2011 On China and Robert Luttwak's The Rise of China vs. the Logic of Strategy, Dellios and Ferguson trace China's strategy to classical Chinese philosophies. Holding the Middle Kingdom together and keeping back the barbarians required complex and ever-changing mixtures of the passive yin, which used prestige and flattery, and the active yang, which used armed expeditions. The benevolence and stability of Confucianism was always paired with the hegemony and compulsion of the legalist school. Today, this corresponds to China's insistence, on the one hand that its "peaceful rise and peaceful development" aim at a "harmonious world but, on the other hand, engaging in a naval buildup to secure the "first island chain" aims at "area denial" to the US fleet. Dellios and Ferguson take old Chinese thought seriously--perhaps too seriously--as Beijing's underlying motivation. Possible modern explanations--angry nationalism due to the "century of humiliation," John Mearsheimer's realism, or protection of resource lifelines--play lesser roles. Beijing, the authors indicate, seems to aim for a reconstruction of its tianxia (all under heaven), its benevolent rule of a harmonious world. From this, readers cannot neatly distinguish a peaceful from an expansionist China. Recommended. Graduate, research, and professional collections CHOICE This is a long overdue book, where two Western scholars begin to examine the evolving Asian century from a Chinese political and cultural perspective. They explain and explore the Confucian geopolitics that have already been remarkably successful in the face of daunting challenges and that must command much greater Western attention in the future. -- Reginald Little, International Confucian Associationshow more

Table of contents

Preface Acknowledgments 1.Introduction: China's "Peaceful Rise to Harmonious World" Outlook 2."Harmony" and Humane Governance in Classical Chinese Thought 3.Empire and Frontiers: The Limits of Harmony 4.How Peaceful is China's Rise? 5.Confucian Geopolitics and Global Governance 6. Transforming World Disorder: Scenarios for the Future 7. Conclusion: Towards a Balanced China Appendix 1: Chronology of Harmonious Discourse Appendix 2: Glossary of Chinese Terms Appendix 3: Summary of Hu Jintao's UN Speeches, 2005 and 2009 Bibliography Index About the Authorsshow more