POLIS 2099 - China Rising

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015

Given the size of its economy (the second largest in the world), population (the largest in the world), history and culture (the oldest uninterrupted civilization in the world), China and its foreign policy deserve more than passing attention. As a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council and the third largest nuclear power with the world's largest standing army, China's diplomatic and military posture affects security architecture not only of the Asia-Pacific, but also of the entire world. The intention of this course is to invite you to join the international debate on China's rise in global politics and its increasingly more critical impact on global and regional traditional and non-traditional security. Structured thematically, the course explores the evolution of Chinese foreign policy, China's bilateral relations with its neighbours and major powers, China's soft and hard power, Chinese national interests, Beijing's policy on key global issues (arms controls, environment, terrorism), its role in global economy and the debate on China's `threat' and `peaceful rise'. By looking at the above issues, the course critically examines China's claim to be a responsible stakeholder in regional and global politics and economy.

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