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China and Northeast Asia in the early 21st century
1. China’s relations with Japan: economics hot but politics cold
2. China’s relations with North Korea: a buffer state?
3. China’s relations with Russia: an axis of convenience?
Basic reading:
• Samuel S. Kim (ed), The International Relations of Northeast Asia (Lanham, ML: Rowman & Littlefield, 2004), Chapters 1, 2, 9, and 11.
• Grasso, Corrin and Kort, Modernization and Revolution in China, Chapter 12.
Additional readings:
• Peter Hays Gries et al., ‘Historical beliefs and the perception of threat in Northeast Asia: colonialism, the tributary system, and the China-Japan-Korea relations in the twenty-first century,’ International Relations of the Asia-Pacific 9, no. 2 (May 2009): 245-65.
• International Crisis Group, Shades of Red: China’s Debate over North Korea. Asia Report No. 179 (Brussels: International Crisis Group, 2009),
• International Crisis Group, Fire on the City Gate: Why China Keeps North Korea Close. Asia Report No. 254 (Brussels: International Crisis Group, 2013),
• International Crisis Group, Dangerous Waters: China-Japan Relations on the Rocks. Asia Report No. 245 (Brussels: International Crisis Group, 2013),
• International Crisis Group, Old Scores and the New Grudges: Evolving Sino-Japanese Tensions. Asia Report No. 258 (Brussels: International Crisis Group, 2014),
• International Crisis Group, North Korea: Beyond the Six-Party Talks. Asia Report No. 269 (Brussels: International Crisis Group, 2015),
• Samuel S. Kim, The Two Koreas and the Great Powers (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006), Chapter 2.
• Bobo Lo, Axis of Convenience: Moscow, Beijing, and the New Geopolitics (London: Chatham House, 2008).
• Gregory J. Moore, “How North Korea threatens China’s interests: understanding Chinese ‘duplicity’ on the North Korean nuclear issue,” International Relations of the Asia-Pacific 8, no. 1 (January 2008): 1-29.
• David Shambaugh (ed), Power Shift: China and Asia’s New Dynamics (Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2005), Chapters 5, 6 and 10.
• Susan L. Shirk, China: Fragile Superpower (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007), Chapter 6.
• Mark J. Valencia, ‘The East China Sea disputes: history, status, and ways forward,’ Asian Perspective 38, no. 2 (April-June 2014): 183-218.
• Jeanne L. Wilson, ‘The Eurasian economic union and China’s silk road: implications for the Russian-Chinese relationship,’ European Politics and Society 17, no. S1: 113-132.
• Michael Yahuda, Sino-Japanese Relations After the Cold War: Two Tigers Sharing a Mountain (Abingdon: Routledge, 2014), Chapter 6.

1. Power transition theory
2. Is China a revisionist or a status-quo power?
3. Is a peaceful rise of China possible in light of US strategic rebalance to Asia?
Basic readings:
• Barry Buzan, “China in international society: is ‘peaceful rise’ possible?” Chinese Journal of International Politics 3, no. 1 (Spring 2010): 5-36.
• Alastair Iain Johnson, ‘Is China a status quo power?’ International Security 27, no. 4 (Spring 2003): 5-56.
• John J. Mearsheimer, ‘Can China rise peacefully?’ The National Interest, 25 October 2014,
• Xiaoting Li, ‘Applying offensive realism to the rise of China: structural incentives and Chinese diplomacy toward the neighboring states,’ International Relations of the Asia-Pacific 16, no. 2 (2016): 241-271.
• Yves-Heng Lim, ‘How (dis)satisfied is China? A power transition theory perspective,’ Journal of Contemporary China 24, no. 92 (2015): 280-297.
• LIU Mingfu, The China Dream: Great Power Thinking and Strategic Posture in the Post-American Era (New York: CN Times Books, 2015), Chapters 1-4.
• Morton and Lewis, China: Its History and Culture, Chapter 17.
• Ely Ratner, ‘The American strategic rebalance and an insecure China,’ The Washington Quarterly 36, no. 2 (2013): 21-38.
• Robert S. Ross and ZHU Feng (eds), China’s Ascent: Power, Security, and the Future of International Politics (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2008), Chapters 2 and 12.
• Shambaugh (ed), Power Shift, Chapters 1 and 16.
• ‘Special issue: Chinese foreign policy on trial: contending perspectives?’ International Affairs 92, no. 4 (July 2016).
• Arthur Waldron, ‘China’s “peaceful rise” enters turbulence,’ Orbis 58, no. 2 (2014): 164-181.
• Wang, Harmony and War, Chapter 7.
• Womack (ed.), China’s Rise in Historical Perspective, Chapters 2 and 4.
• Xiaoming Zhang, ‘A rising China and the normative changes in international society,’ East Asia: An International Quarterly 28, no. 3 (September 2011): 235-46.
• Yongjin Zhang, “‘China anxiety’: discourse and intellectual challenge,” Development and Change 44, no. 6 (November 2013): 1407-25.
• Suisheng Zhao, ‘Rethinking the Chinese world order: the imperial cycle and the rise of China,’ Journal of Contemporary China 24, no. 96 (November 2015): 961-982.
• ZHENG Bijian, ‘China’s “peaceful rise” to great-power status,’ Foreign Affairs 84, no. 5 (October 2005): 18-24.

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