European Institute for Asian Studies
Chinese Assertiveness in the South China Sea
  • Start04:30 PM - Mar 01 2018
  • End06:00 PM - Mar 01 2018
  • Asia Platform, Rue de la Loi 26, 10th floor, 1040 Brussels
  • 02 230 81 22
  • eias@eias.org

 

Programme

 

16:00-16:30

16:30-16:40

Registration

Introduction by the Chair

Mr Alberto Turkstra, Programme Coordinator, European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS)

16:40-17:10

Book Presentation: “Chinese Assertiveness in the South China Sea”

 

Dr Richard Turcsanyi, Associate Researcher, European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS); Associate Research Fellow, Institute of International Relations, Prague

17:10-17:30

Panel Discussion

Mr Xavier Nuttin, Senior Associate, European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS)

Mr Tim Rühlig, Visiting Fellow, European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS); PhD Candidate, Goethe University of Frankfurt

17:30-18:00

18:00

Q&A

Networking reception

Chinese Assertiveness in the South China Sea

“Chinese assertiveness” has become an infamous phrase – it is regularly used by media, pundits, and politicians, yet there is little scholarly work that would clarify the meaning of the concept. A similar situation exists when it comes to China’s power. Although it is generally assumed that “China is rising,” there are surprisingly few systematic studies of China’s power being done comprehensively and rigorously.

Dr Richard Turcsanyi’s recent book Chinese Assertiveness in the South China Sea addresses these issues. It defines the concept of “Chinese assertiveness,” establishes what policy actions qualify to be included, and then tests explanations as to why China conducted such policies. The South China Sea is taken as the case study since this is the area where there is nearly a consensus that China acts assertively. By providing a detailed account of the events in the SCS and by analyzing power dynamics in the region, it identifies the driving forces behind China’s assertive foreign policy. Considering China’s power on a domestic as well as an international level, it examines a number of different sources of hard and soft power, including military, economics, geopolitics, and domestic legitimacy. 

The author demonstrates that Chinese assertiveness in the SCS can be explained not only by increases in China’s power, but also by effective reactions to other actors’ foreign policy changes. 


Dr Richard Turcsanyi’s recent book “Chinese Assertiveness in the South China Sea” defines the concept of “Chinese assertiveness,” establishes what policy actions qualify to be included, and then tests explanations as to why China conducted such policies, using the South China Sea as the case study.

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