China: Selective Revisionist Power in the International Order


About the Seminar

The Trump administration labeled China a revisionist state in its national security documents. China has not sought to overturn the global order, but it is revisionist regarding what it views as unjust elements of the order and U.S. hegemony. When Beijing has perceived that current institutions are not working to its advantage, it has established parallel institutions. China has selectively rejected rules of the order, such as the July 2016 arbitral tribunal ruling on the South China Sea. It has also selectively opposed norms such as human rights and democracy, freedom of information and norms that legitimize foreign interventions such as the “responsibility to protect.” Xi Jinping declared at the June 2018 CCP Foreign Affairs Work Conference that China will proactively lead reform of global governance. China will demand more of a say in shaping the international order as a condition for its support.

About the Speaker

Bonnie S. Glaser is a senior adviser for Asia and the director of the China Power Project at Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) USA. She is concomitantly a non-resident fellow with the Lowy Institute in Sydney, Australia and a senior associate with Pacific Forum and currently a board member of the U.S. Committee of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific, and a member of both the Council on Foreign Relations and the Institute of International Strategic Studies. Ms Glaser has worked for more than three decades at the intersection of Asian geopolitics and U.S. policy.

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Jan 10 2019


10:00 am - 11:30 am


ISEAS Seminar Room 2