China's Power Transition
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China's Power Transition

UI’s Asia Programme and the Swedish Defence University held a research seminar discussing China’s power transition.

Power transition theory is one of the most influential lenses through which International Relations scholars interpret China’s rise and its international implications. Yet, there exists a weakness in the theory. By highlighting power as a fundamentally socially constructed phenomenon, Chengxin Pan offers an alternative approach that draws attention to the transition of Chinese resources from projecting its power abroad to securing the leadership’s legitimate rule at home. 

Chengxin Pan, Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and a member of the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation at Deakin University, Melbourne.

Stephanie Winkler, PhD Researcher at the Swedish Defence University and UI.

Karl Gustafsson, Senior Research Fellow at UI and Associate Professor of Political Science at Stockholm University.

The seminar was moderated by Linus Hagström, Professor of Political Science at the Swedish Defence University and Senior Research Fellow at UI.


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