A New Responsible Power China?
It is understood that only through global cooperation can we effectively provide global public goods such as climate and security. However, these challenges now occur at a time when international patterns of decision making are in flux due to the rise of emerging economic and political powers.
Emerging economies, like China, play a crucial role. And while we outspokenly share a common interest in providing GPGs and mitigating shared negative effects such as climate change, many obstacles to cooperation between China and Europe remain. As one of the authors mentioned, trust is needed to ensure that geostrategic competition is not a stronger interest than the common good. As part of public diplomacy, engagement for global public goods can aim for international reputation and respect. Is China’s engagement in the global governance of GPGs credible in terms of China’s projected image as a New Responsible Power?
Authors in this anthology point towards changes in China’s mindset and its taking over of new responsibilities in global governance. Taking a look at a variety of GPGs, they, in sum, sketch a picture of China’s changing role in global governance and of the remaining differences in ideational concepts and political frameworks between China and Europe, that have to be taken into account for a more informed and sustainable cooperation on GPGs.
Séverine Arsène is the managing editor of AsiaGlobal Online at the Asia Global Institute, The University of Hong Kong, and an associate researcher at the French Center for Research on Contemporary China in Hong Kong. Her research focuses on Chinese cyberpolicy and the role of China in global Internet governance.
Shaun Breslin is Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick, where he currently holds a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship to work on China’s global power. He is also Co-Editor of The Pacific Review, and in 2018 will hold a distinguished visiting research fellowship at Fudan University. His research focuses on the politics and international relations of contemporary China, with a side-interest in comparative studies of regional integration.
Professor Natalia Chaban is Jean Monnet Chair and Deputy Director at the National Centre for Research on Europe, University of Canterbury, New Zealand. She has published more than a hundred journal and articles and book chapters on image and political communication studies within international relations contexts involving the EU in numerous journals and books. She coleads internationally recognised project “EU Global Perceptions” involving more than 30 locations since 2002.
Sheng Ding is Professor of Political Science at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. He received his master’s and doctoral degrees from Rutgers University. Ding's research interests include global governance, Asian politics, diaspora politics, and U.S.-China relations.
Dr Olga Gulyaeva is Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the National Centre for Research on Europe at the University of Canterbury (New Zealand). In 2009, she graduated from the Russian State University for the Humanities (Russia), majoring in Cultural Studies. In 2014, she completed her PhD in European Studies at the University of Canterbury. Olga’s research interests include Russia’s domestic and foreign policy, Russia’s relations with the European Union and cognitive aspects of mass media discourses.
Taehwan Kim is Associate Professor of Public Diplomacy of the Korea National Diplomatic Academy (KNDA). He is a book review editor for the quarterly Global Asia published by the East Asia Foundation. Dr Kim graduated from Yonsei University (B.A. and M.A. in Political Science) and received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University. His research focus is on the comparative political economy of post-socialist transformation and Korea’s public diplomacy. His recent works include Authoritarian Post-Communist Transition and Its Future in China, Vietnam, and North Korea; Beyond Geopolitics: South Korea’s Eurasia Initiative as a New Nordpolitik; and Paradigm Shift in Diplomacy: A Conceptual Model for Korea’s New Public Diplomacy.
Lai Suetyi (Cher) is a lecturer and researcher of Centre for European Studies, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies. Before Guangzhou, she was a Post-doctoral Fellow in the Department of International Relations, Tsinghua University (Beijing). Cher finished her doctoral studies in National Centre for Research on Europe, University of Canterbury, in 2012. Her research interests include EU politics, Asia-Europe relations and China-Europe relations. She has published some twenty journal articles and book chapters on these topics.
Susan H. Perry is a sinologist and specialist in international human rights law and has published widely on gender issues. She teaches and directs graduate programmes in law and public policy at The American University of Paris.
Ines Sieckmann holds a degree in Political Science. She worked as a lecturer in International Politics at Helmut-Schmidt-University, Hamburg, as well as for German foundations and institutions on cultural diplomacy and sustainability projects in and with China. For her doctoral thesis, she conducted extensive research on civil society all over China. She received various scholarships for her research on civil society, Chinese environmental NGO networks and public diplomacy.
David Shambaugh is Professor of Political Science and International Affairs and Director of the China Policy Program at George Washington University and a Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Program at the Brookings Institution. He is the author of China Goes Global: The Partial Power.
Yiwei Wang is senior founding fellow and Director of BRI studies at the Charhar Institute, Professor of the School of International Studies and Senior Fellow at the Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies (RDCY), Director of the Institute of International Affairs, and Director of the Center for EU Studies at the Renmin University of China. His recent publications include The World Is Connected: Logic of The Belt and Road Initiative; The Belt & Road Initiative: What China Will Offer the World in Its Rise (in Chinese, English, Arabic); China Connects the World: What is Behind the Belt and Road Initiative.