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China in international society: is 'peaceful rise' possible?

Buzan, Barry (2010) China in international society: is 'peaceful rise' possible? Chinese Journal of International Politics, 3 (1). pp. 5-36. ISSN 1750-8916

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Identification Number: 10.1093/cjip/pop014


This article reviews China’s position in international society over the past couple of centuries, and against that background assesses the prospects for China’s strategy of ‘peaceful rise’. I stick to the label ‘peaceful rise’ because it is a more accurate statement of the issues than the more anodyne and diplomatic ‘peaceful development’ which has recently replaced it in official Chinese discourse.1 I understand ‘peaceful rise’ to mean that a growing power is able to make both absolute and relative gains in both its material and its status positions, in relation to the other powers in the international system, and to do so without precipitating major hostilities between itself and either its neighbours or other major powers. Peaceful rise involves a two-way process in which the rising power accommodates itself to rules and structures of international society, while at the same time other powers accommodate some changes in those rules and structures by way of adjusting to the new disposition of power and status. I am not going to question whether China will rise or not, though this is done by some.2 Instead, I take China’s continued rise as given, and explore whether its peaceful rise is possible within contemporary international society.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2010 The Author
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DS Asia
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2010 12:34
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2024 00:27

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