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The Foreign Policy of Great-Power China

DENNY ROY
Contemporary Southeast Asia
Vol. 19, No. 2 (September 1997), pp. 121-135
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25798373
Page Count: 15
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Abstract

The Chinese Government insists that even as a great power, China will not attempt to establish hegemony or a sphere of influence in the region. Going beyond the stated intentions of the present leadership, this article evaluates the factors that might disincline China towards hegemony, including the unique characteristics of modern Chinese foreign policy, the likely reaction of other states to growing Chinese power, China's widespread poverty, its pre-modern track record as a "benign" hegemon, and the type of international system Beijing appears to favour. The conclusion is that the purported restraints to China rising to the position of dominant regional power are not convincing. Nevertheless, China can achieve this goal through avenues its neighbours will accept, without resorting to force or coercion.

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