Theorizing Responses to China's Rise
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Theorizing Responses to China's Rise

UI’s Asia Programme and the Swedish Defence University arranged a research seminar with National Taiwan University Professor Chih-yu Shih.

Theorists in International Relations tend to apply the concepts of “balance of power” and “bandwagoning” as analytical starting points. Therefore, they cannot adequately explain East- and Southeast Asian states’ responses to a rising China. In a case study of Taiwan, Chih-yu Shih argues that its China policy is better understood by using the theory of “balance of relationship”.

Chih-yu Shih, Professor, Department of Political Science, National Taiwan University. 

Chih-yu Shih serves as editor-in-chief of the journal Asian Ethnicity. His recent publications include Post-Western International Relations Reconsidered (2015), Harmonious Intervention (2014), Sinicizing International Relations (2013), and Civilization, Nation and Modernity in East Asia (2012).

Astrid Nordin, Lecturer at Lancaster University and Research Fellow at UI. 

The seminar was moderated by Nicola Nymalm, Research Fellow at UI’s Asia and Global Politics and Security programs.


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