Power in Chinese Foreign Policy

Darren Lim, Victor Ferguson

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


    With China the worlds second largest economy, increasingly sophisticated armed forces, deepening networks of foreign relations, and prominent participation in international institutions, discussions of its foreign policy increasingly involve the consideration of power. Yet power can mean many things in the Chinese context. We offer a conceptual framework for analysing power in Chinese foreign policy. Employing a simple and widely used definition of the English word power, we identify five discrete pathways states can take to exercise power in their external affairs, illustrating the mechanism through which each operates, with examples from the Chinese experience.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationChina Story Yearbook 2018: Power
    EditorsJ Golley, L Jaivin, P J Farrelly & S Strange
    Place of PublicationCanberra, Australia
    PublisherANU Press
    ISBN (Print)9781760462802
    Publication statusPublished - 2019


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