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Theorizing China's rise in and beyond international relations

journal contribution
posted on 2018-08-29, 00:00 authored by Chengxin PanChengxin Pan, Emilian Kavalski
China’s rise, like the demise of the Soviet Union, is one of the defining events in the contemporary world. Yet, while the unexpected Soviet collapse and the end of the Cold War sparked the ‘Third Debate’ in International Relations (IR) theory, it is puzzling that the rise of China has yet to generate a comparable process of shell-shock and soulsearching among IR theorists. Just as the end of the Cold War is more than simply the end of a bipolar power struggle per se, so too China’s rise is much more than the familiar ascendancy of another great power. Rather, it is also a complex, evolving and possibly border-traversing and paradigm-shattering phenomenon in global life that, on the one hand, requires fresh and innovative theorizing in and beyond IR and, on the other hand, potentially offers new insights for us to rethink world politics more broadly. This article introduces this Special Issue that seeks to tentatively respond to this theoretical, epistemological and ontological challenge. It draws attention to the blind spot in IR theorizing on China, and calls for deeper engagement between IR theory and China’s rise that goes beyond mere ‘theory-testing’ within the existing perimeters of mainstream IR.

History

Journal

International relations of the Asia-Pacific

Volume

18

Season

September

Pagination

289-311

Location

London, Eng.

ISSN

1470-482X

Language

eng

Grant ID

CCKF CS003-P-15

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2018, The Author

Issue

3

Publisher

Oxford University Press