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Defining China’s Identity

Written by Chen Jimin. In recent years, the development of Sino-US relations has increasingly concerned the international community. It can be explained by the growing importance of Sino-US relations, which have gone beyond the scope of bilateral relations to have global impact, and the inherent complexity of the relationship. The competitiveness in their relations has …

China’s strategic confusion in the South China Sea

Written by Nie Wenjuan. Since Xi’s ascendancy many observers have noted a growing Chinese assertiveness in the South China Sea (SCS). Among other developments, China has increased the size of some of the land features in the islands it controls and created completely new land features that had previously been submerged reefs. However, from China’s perspective, …

China as a responsible great power: Conform or reform?

Written by Rob Yates. It has long been established that great powers have a distinct status given to them through recognition by other members of international society. Such status recognition, however, is contingent upon exercising great power responsibilities. In the broadest terms, Hedley Bull outlined great power responsibilities as twofold: managing relations with each other …

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‘Responsible Stakeholder’ with Chinese Characteristics

Written by Beverley Loke. In September 2005, Robert Zoellick urged China to become a ‘responsible stakeholder’ in the international system. The basic premise of his speech was that China should be more heavily invested in strengthening and sustaining the system from which it has benefited. This involved global stewardship: providing public goods, upholding existing norms …

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What’s the matter with Chinese Think Tanks?

Written by Silvia Menegazzi. Think tanks are defined as non-state actors. As such they are usually independent of states, generally classified as advocacy-led, policy research organizations committed to research, analysis and, ultimately, political advisory. Such a view has started to be questioned in recent years, following the exponential growth of a think tank’ ‘industry’ outside …

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The emergence of a new East Asian Economic Order?

Written by Luis Mah. The territorial disputes in the South China Sea and growing anxiety over China’s ongoing construction of artificial islands with ports, airstrips and helipads continue to make for pessimistic media headlines. Yet, as this security tension intensifies in the region, we are also witnessing the consolidation of an important phenomenon that has been …

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China’s rise and ASEAN: A complex and evolving landscape

Written by Oliver Turner. It is often said that as a new power rises it becomes more assertive and uses its increasing capabilities to expand its influence and even its territory abroad. Europe’s long history of expansionism, as well as the United States’ colonisation of much of North America, lends support to these claims. Some …

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China’s GHG Mitigation: The Role of Local Governments

Written by Iselin Stensdal. As a consequence of the unparalleled economic growth in the 1990s and 2000s, China’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions also grew quickly. By 2007, China was the largest GHG emitting country. 2007 was also the year that climate change became a prioritized issue in national politics with the publication of China’s National …

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Citizens and Pollution in China: Between Citizen-science, Rational Resistance and “Resigned Activism”

Written by Anna Lora-Wainwright. China’s pollution—whether it is Beijing’s airpocalypse, “cancer villages”, controversial PX plants, recent explosions in Tianjin or a plethora of other accidents and routine contamination—rarely avoids public scrutiny. The Environmental Justice Atlas, with which I am involved in covering Chinese cases, has made considerable headway in mapping instances of environmental injustice globally. …

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Climate Change Activism “With Chinese Characteristics”: The Role of Domestic and Foreign NGOs

Written by Angela Moriggi. China has recently announced the passing of the long-awaited new Overseas NGO Management Law that will impose police supervision over the work of foreign NGOs operating in the country. The news has sparked a lively international debate, as commentators attempt to envision its effects on the activities of thousands of civil …

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