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Relational Multilateralism: the Play of International United Front in China’s Global Grand Strategy

Tuesday 16 May 2023
Anna van Buerenplein
Anna van Buerenplein 301
2595 DG The Hague

The Chinese style of agenda setting regarding the management of global affairs is deeply linked to its traditional political philosophy and the experiences that the Chinese political elites gained in the process of integrating with the international regimes. Although many of the diplomatic tryouts China conducted in the past decade annoyed the status quo powers, the initiatives created by this reemerged East Asian hegemon did offer comprehensively diverse options for the international community, especially those which have been degraded, materially as well as ideationally, in the global market system.

Nevertheless, there are cases of China’s investments causing malicious results and worsening the domestic situation of its trading partners, yet, the newly established and funded international institutions created by China still attracted many international actors. Nevertheless, what contributed to the differences in China’s diplomatic initiatives and what these differences are remain the crucial questions waiting for a systematic explanation. The plan is to sort out the clues through one of the conventional guidelines of the Chinese Communist Party, i.e. the International United Front, and the concept of Improvised Resemblance which emerged from the theory of Balance of Relations.

Join this talk by professor Chiung-Chiu Huang from the National Taiwan University to learn more!

About the speaker

Chiung-Chiu Huang is professor of International Relations at the College of International Affairs National Chengchi University, Taiwan, and Deputy Director of the Institute of International Relations.

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