Book talk on "China's power and assertiveness in the South China Sea" by Dr. Richard Q. Turcsányi
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Event Type: Public Lecture/Forum/Seminar/Workshop/Conference/Symposium
Event Nature: Law and Politics
"Chinese assertiveness" and the "Rise of China" have become regularly used - and quite possibly overused - terms by media, pundits, and politicians, yet there is little scholarly work that would clarify the meaning of the concept. The book 'Chinese Assertiveness in the South China Sea' aspires to define and operationalize these concepts and to suggest what is the relation between them. It first builds a comprehensive and multidimensional model of power, which includes three levels (international, state, domestic) and eights sources of power: military, economy, national performance, international institutional setting, geopolitics, position in the international economy, domestic legitimacy, and soft power. It is argued, that although China's power has been growing, it has not reached the threshold vis-à-vis the U.S. and there is still considerable gap between the two, particularly in terms of the military, but also the geopolitics and soft power. As for the Chinese assertiveness in the South China Sea, it is argued that in most assertive cases (which are found in 2011-2016 period), the increasing power of China was not the main driving force of Chinese behaviour. Instead, it is shown that China mostly reacts assertively to actions of other actors. Chinese domestic politics was found to play at most complementary role in the development.
Dr. Richard Q. Turcsányi
Institute of International Relations Prague
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Dr. Richard Q. Turcsányi is an Associate Research Fellow at the Institute of International Relations Prague. Besides, he is also an Assistant Professor at Mendel University in Brno and the Director of Strategic Policy Institute in Bratislava. In the past he conducted long-term study and research stays at the University of Toronto, Peking University, National Chengchi University in Taipei and European Institute for Asian Studies in Brussels. He specializes in Chinese foreign policy, China's power and China's relations with Central Europe. His research has appeared for example in Journal of Chinese Political Science, Energy Policy, Czech Journal of Political Science, Springer, and Brill.
|Venue||Room 9.66, 9/F., The Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU, Pokfulam|
Registration is open from 12/01/2018 09:00(HKT) to 19/01/2018 15:00(HKT) on a first-come-first-served basis. The registration quota for this event is 70. Registrants will be placed on a waiting list if the registration quota is reached.
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