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Superpower, China?: Historicizing Beijing's New Narratives of Leadership and East Asia's Response Thereto

Niv Horesh, The University of Nottingham, UK, Hyun Jin Kim, The University of Melbourne, Australia, Peter Mauch, University of Western Sydney, Australia,
Published: 0/12/2014
© 0 H. Niv, H. J. Kim and P. Mauch
Asian studiesChina studies

Table of contents:
1. Introduction
2. Was there a Pre-Modern or Early-Modern 'China Model'?
3. How Unique Is Today's "China Model"
4. Beyond Lu Xun: A Critique of Chinese Exceptionality, Meritocracy and Historicity as Conceived in Wang Hui's Thought
5. Beyond Tianxia: Chinese Historicity, Meritocracy and Exceptionality in Yan Xuetong's, Hu Angang's and Pan Wei's Thought
6. 'Seoul Searching': The History, Politics and Prejudice behind the Re-naming of the Korea's Capital in Chinese
7. Is My Rival's Rival a Friend? Popular Third-Party Perceptions of Territorial Disputes in East Asia
8. Conclusions

Superpower, China?

This book sets out to answer how China's rise can best be understood from both East Asian and Western perspectives. It also assesses the prospect of realignment away from the US hegemony in East Asia in light of persistent regional rivalries. Throughout the book, the authors show that for China's neighbours, as well as for its own intellectuals, historicizing the country's rise provides one way of understanding its current ascendant trajectory, on the one hand, and acute social problems, on the other.

To which historical precedent should one turn? Did Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo get it right when he recently likened the contemporary Sino-Japanese relationship to that of Germany and Britain on the eve of World War I? Is Harvard Law School's Noah Feldman correct in his assertion that China and the United States are on the verge not of a Cold War but of a "Cool War," in which a "classic" struggle for power is unfolding at the same time as economic cooperation is becoming deeper? The authors examine these questions and also focus on other observations that becloud China's rise.

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