Bringing China In: International Order and the Role of the Great Powers
AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL SCHOOL OF ADVANCED AIR AND SPACE STUDIES
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Can China learn to behave like an ordinary, status-quo great power That is a big question that many are concerned with today. This study works along those lines by examining Chinas behavior during the Korean War and its on-again, off-again relationship with North Korea today. The central premise is Great powers play the dominant role in creating, sustaining, and maintaining international order. Since China is a great power, it assumes that China can and will learn to behave as such. By assuming an ordinary or supporter role, China can help bolster international norms and establish the rules of the game necessary for the continuation of the society of states. In short, conflict might be one outcome of Chinas rise but it is not pre-determined. While China has yet to become a full-fledged supporter of the existing international order, the overall contour of its behavior suggests, heuristically, that it might. And, that is both interesting and important.
- Government and Political Science