Debating the 'Chinese Thoery of International Relations': Toward a New Stage in China's International Studies

Contemporary Chinese Political Thought: Debates and Perspectives

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Feng Zhang

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Book chapter

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Kentucjy University Press

Published in Fred Dallmayr and Zhao Tingyang, eds, Contemporary Chinese Political Thought: Debates and Perspectives, Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 2012, pp. 67-87.

China’s international relations (IR) discipline is largely a creation of the past thirty years. Despite its short history, there have been some exciting developments - major achievements recognised by scholars as signifying progress, as well as sustained controversies and debates - over the past three decades. This chapter aims to review the recent history of Chinese IR and to assess one of its most important developments: the project of the ‘Chinese theory of IR’ since the late 1980s and all the controversies and debates it has provoked.

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