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Rising China's Influence in Developing Asia
This talk is organised under the auspices of the Tan Chin Tuan Chinese Culture and Civilisation Programme
Rising China has been reshaping international order for the last two decades. Yet, we cannot assume that growing resources and capabilities automatically allow China to cause other states to change their behaviour. We can only accurately assess rising China’s impacts by first demonstrating how its growing power resources are translated into policy influence over other states. Moreover, while the most common notion of influence is the ability to cause other actors to behave in a way they would not otherwise behave, China tends to gain the support of smaller countries without forcing them to change their preferences. Like any other international actor, China draws upon military might, economic benefits, institutional authority, and ideational appeal, to purposefully coerce, induce, or persuade others to behave in ways that help achieve Chinese goals. But whether and the extent to which it succeeds is determined as much by the political context and decision-making processes of the target states, as it is by how skillfully Chinese actors deploy these tools. This lecture presents the key findings from a collaborative project that provides crucial empirical analyses of China’s actual influence over Asian states and political actors.
About Professor Evelyn Goh
research expertise includes US-China relations and diplomatic history, East
Asian international relations and security, and Southeast Asian strategies
towards great powers. Professor Goh’s publications include The Struggle for
Order: Hegemony, Hierarchy and Transition in Post-Cold War East Asia (Oxford
University Press, 2013, 2015); ‘Great Powers and Hierarchical Order in
Southeast Asia: Analyzing Regional Security Strategies’, International Security
32:3 (Winter 2007/8): 113-57; and Constructing the US Rapprochement with China,
1961-1974 (Cambridge University Press, 2004). Most recently, she edited the
volume Rising China’s Influence in Developing Asia (Oxford University Press,
2016) and completed a MacArthur Foundation-funded project on emerging US security partnerships with pivotal Southeast Asian countries. Professor Goh is
co-editor of the Cambridge Studies in International Relations book series; and
founder and Convenor of the Graduate Research and Development Network on Asian
Security (GRADNAS). She holds Masters and Doctoral degrees in International
Relations and an undergraduate degree in Geography, all from the University of
THE TAN CHIN TUAN FOUNDATION
The Tan Chin Tuan Professorship in Chinese Studies and the Tan Chin Tuan Chinese Culture and Civilisation Programme were established to honour Tan Sri Dr Tan Chin Tuan, whose legacy of philanthropy is transforming lives even today through the Tan Chin Tuan Foundation. Yale-NUS has appointed Professor Scott Cook, an expert in Chinese history, as our inaugural Tan Chin Tuan Professor of Chinese Studies.
Under the auspices of the Tan Chin Tuan Chinese Culture and Civilisation Programme, which aims to increase the understanding of China and Chinese culture amongst the students at Yale-NUS College, the Foundation has supported the Chinese Language Scholarship Programme and co-curricular activities which help deepen our students’ knowledge of China.
Shedden Professor of Strategic Policy
Australian National University
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