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Rethinking Chinese Perspective on World Order

  • The Journal of Northeast Asia Research
  • Abbr : NEA
  • 2011, 26(2), pp.289-313
  • DOI : 10.18013/jnar.2011.26.2.013
  • Publisher : The Institute for Northeast Asia Research
  • Research Area : Social Science > Political Science > International Politics > International Relations / Cooperation

Ozren, Duric-Mikusevic 1 함명식 1

1Jilin University

Candidate

ABSTRACT

Much has been said about the absence of a Chinese school of international theory and the reasons behind it. Many scholars have tackled this issue, trying not only to find the reasons why a Chinese school of international relations has not yet emerged but what possible sources could such a school draw for inspiration. This attempt to paint international relations with “Chinese characteristics“ is part of a wider, familiar phenomenon where China presents itself as an entity whose history and identity is unique and quite different from others, especially the Western powers. In this quest for exclusivity, China claims to be different on a number of issues, none more important than international relations as its rise is viewed with much anxiety and suspicion. This paper will particularly focus on the nowadays well‐known notion of Confucianism which is often used as a catalyst to explain much about China as well as East Asia in general. The second aim of this paper is to define and point out the many problems a Confucianist approach to international relations theories will face. Lastly, this paper questions the very notion of Confucianism being a source of any contemporary insight for international relations theory or practice.

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