A 'Friendly Elephant' in the Room? The Strategic Foundations of China's Multilateral Engagement in Asia

Anuradha (Anna) Samson

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    Abstract

    This article examines the link between China's grand strategy and its participation in multilateral organisations in Asia. It argues that Chinese multilateralism arises because multilateral organisations provide a highly effective mechanism for China to achieve its strategic objectives and not indicative of a more fundamental commitment by Beijing to promoting multilateral engagement on transnational issues more generally. The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, ASEAN Plus Three, the East Asia Summit, Six-Party Talks and the South China Sea disputes are used to highlight both the continuing importance of unilateralism/bilateralism in Chinese grand strategy and the complex nature of Beijing's multilateralism.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)57-82
    JournalSecurity Challenges
    Volume8
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

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