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China: Friend or Foe?: Understanding the U.S Pacific Pivot to China's Confusing Confucianism
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economic History.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The great strategic distrust between the two world largest economic and military powers is one of the most debated topics in contemporary international relations. This thesis question if the current hegemon view its new competitor as an offensive or defensive realist state and which policies should consequently be taken. China’s policy of peaceful coexistence and the U.S attempt of global integration may not be fully compatible and the thesis illuminates the contradicting notions of China Confucius values and how they are visible in its foreign policy rhetoric.

The thesis conclude by stating that the China’s ambitions in not seen as following the guidelines of a defensive realist state in the eye of the United States and that China’s so called unique characteristics and values are mere rhetoric that does not seem to shape its current foreign policy. The U.S response is so far a passive containment by increasing cooperation with other actors in the region as a balancing act while simultaneously cautiously engage and try to influence China to adopt policies fitting a global player and work for peaceful solutions to international problems. Thus China is not seen as either a friend or a foe but is currently viewed as being in a grey area of competitor and cooperator.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 49 p.
Keyword [en]
China, USA, Harmonious World, Peaceful Rise, Pivot, Mearsheimer, Confucianism, Offensive realism, Defensive realism
National Category
Globalization Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-100928OAI: diva2:697612
Available from: 2015-10-16 Created: 2014-02-18 Last updated: 2015-10-16Bibliographically approved

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