Emerging Chinese IR Theories
This project aims to map out the diversity in Chinese International Relations(IR) Theories. It tries to capture the diverse worldviews of different people in the Chinese-speaking world. It especially pays attention to individual, regional and institutional differences.
Different ontologies (what exists) and epistemologies (ways of knowing the world) of these theories are the main focus. The starting points of one's ontological and epistemological foundation shape one's theory of the world.
Below are my reviews of some emerging Chinese IR theories. By no means, these theories are the only ones that exist in the Chinese-speaking world. I encourage you to look beyond the theories that get the most attention and explore the less known territories. You will be surprised.
Moreover, my thinking about these theories evolve over time. My current thinking may or may not be the same on certain theoretical issues as when I wrote these reviews. Please stay tuned for my upcoming publications on these theories.
My Reviews on Chinese International Relations Theories by Xuetong Yan, Yaqing Qin, Shiping Tang
Tingyang Zhao and Shih-Chi Yu
Yu's Balance of Relationships Theory
Yang, A. Xiao. (2021). A Theory of Balance of Relationships: Improvised Relationality, Imagined Resemblance, and Bilateral Stability. International Studies Review. 23 (3), 1012-1014.
Zhao's Tianxia Theory
Yang, A. Xiao. (2021). Redefining A Philosophy for World Governance. The Journal of Chinese Governance.
Yan's Moral Realism
Yang, A. Xiao. (2020). Leadership and the Rise of Great Powers. Journal of Chinese Political Science. 25(1) 161-163.
Qin's Relational Theory
Yang, A. Xiao. (2019). A Relational Theory of World Politics. Journal of China and International Relations.7(1) 111-113.
Tang's Social Evolution Theory
Yang, A. Xiao. (2021). On Social Evolution: Phenomenon and Paradigm. International Affairs, 97(5), 1622–1624.