Does China Matter?: A Reassessment: Essays in Memory of by Barry Buzan

By Barry Buzan

Gerald Segal’s final published paper ‘Does China Matter?’ made a substantial splash, and had he lived, it really is sure that he could have it up with a e-book. This new quantity honours his reminiscence and takes ahead his project, bringing jointly ten prime writers on China to re-evaluate his argument.

This publication opens with an precise evaluate of Dr Segal’s contribution, and a reprint of the object. the remainder of the chapters tackle the query of ‘does China matter?’ via focusing individually on either the worldwide and Asian dimensions of China’s presence, and at the army, political, fiscal and cultural facets of its services and actions. they supply an extension and critique of Segal’s paintings within the context of an authoritative updated and ahead having a look overview of China’s customers. Segal’s query continues to be relevant to global politics. This crucial ebook units out an in depth case for precisely how, why and to whom China matters.

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China shares with other large and proud states emerging out of a colonial past, most obviously India, a keen sense of international hierarchy and an instinct for power politics. It has been unsentimental in its attitudes towards the use of force and the pursuit of vital interests. At the same time, until comparatively recently it has shown disinterest and often distrust in international treaties and the principles of multilateralism, fearing them as means by which it could be put on the spot. Over time, as its interests began to coincide more with those of its neighbours, or at least as it began to assert this to be the case, China began to understand how international organizations could be used to protect interests and put pressure on others.

Meanwhile, the end of the Cold War removed the circumstances that had offered it some opportunity to play a strategic role. As conventional forces came back into fashion in the 1990s, the People’s Liberation Army was so far behind that it could not hope to catch up with the ‘revolution in military affairs’ as proclaimed in Washington. Neither has China ever quite realized the potential of owning one of the five permanent seats on the UN Security Council. This was allocated to China when the Nationalists were still in control.

Threats can be deterred, and unwanted action can be constrained by a country that claims to be the sole superpower and to dominate the revolution in military affairs. A similarly moderated sense of how much China matters can be applied to the question of Chinese arms transfers. 2 percent of arms deliveries in 1997, ahead of Germany but behind Israel (the United States had 45 percent of the market, and the United Kingdom had 16 1111 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 1011 1 2 3111 4 5 6 7 8 9 20111 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 30111 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 40111 1 2 3 4 45111 Gerald Segal 18 percent).

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