With China the worldâ€™s second largest economy, increasingly sophisticated armed forces, deepening networks of foreign relations, and prominent participation in international institutions, discussions of its foreign policy increasingly involve the consideration of â€˜powerâ€™. Yet â€˜powerâ€™ can mean many things in the Chinese context. We offer a conceptual framework for analysing power in Chinese foreign policy. Employing a simple and widely used definition of the English word power, we identify five discrete pathways states can take to exercise power in their external affairs, illustrating the mechanism through which each operates, with examples from the Chinese experience.
|Title of host publication
|China Story Yearbook 2018: Power
|J Golley, L Jaivin, P J Farrelly & S Strange
|Place of Publication
|Published - 2019