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Chinese Liberal Thought and Diplomatic Practice
Dr Benjamin Ho Assistant Professor and Coordinator of China Programme, IDSS
Dr Benjamin Ho
This project will examine how Chinese liberal scholars (particularly those in the field of political science) seek to understand China’s national interests and the normative conduct of China’s international relations. Given that liberal scholarship is traditionally associated with values of open internationalism, globalisation and free market principles, it is generally believed that a greater affinity liberal principles would generate positive relations between China and the rest of the world (particularly the West). Hence, this project seeks to interrogate further how Chinese international relations scholarship understand liberalism. What are the similarities and differences between Chinese political conceptions of liberalism from those of the West? To what extent can liberalism be said to be a normative preference to act as a basis for the conduct of international politics? How does Chinese liberal thought seek to frame Chinese national interests vis-à-vis those of the wider world?
|Theme:||Country and Region Studies / International Politics and Security|
|Region:||East Asia and Asia Pacific / Global / Southeast Asia and ASEAN|