The Rise of China and Its Implications to Northeast Asia

Wai Ting*

*Corresponding author for this work

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The rise of China has aroused heated debates on whether the country would become the "revisionist" power in challenging the supreme position of the "status quo" power, the United States. This paper aims to examine whether the rise of China would, firstly, empower Beijing to solve the long-term crisis in the Korean Peninsula, and secondly, complicates the picture in solving the difficult historical and political issues in Sino-Japanese relations. It is argued that the increasing economic and military capabilities of China are not instrumental in fostering significant changes within North Korea and in monitoring the external behavior of its leaders. A more nationalistic China which lacks soft power also hinders a favorable solution to the challenges of Sino-Japanese relations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-97
Number of pages23
JournalBaltic Journal of European Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2019

Scopus Subject Areas

  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations

User-Defined Keywords

  • balancer
  • brinkmanship
  • Diaoyu Islands
  • international norms
  • nationalism
  • Pivot to Asia
  • Rebalancing
  • revisionist power
  • Six-Party Talks
  • soft power
  • status quo power


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