Understanding the rise of China through the eyes of Chinese international relations scholars

With generous support from the MacArthur Foundation, the Griffith Asia Institute is able to successfully collaborate with Tsinghua University's Institute of International Relations to undertake leading research on the Chinese international relations debates, through expert conferences and other academic exchanges.

Our project—Understanding the rise of China through the eyes of Chinese IR scholars—deepens our understanding of Chinese scholars, especially on how they perceive world politics, and how they can impact Chinese policy making via internal debate. Below you will find our major findings, which aim to enrich current debates and discussions on China's rise by providing more empirical evidence, and to provide policy relevant proposals and insights for policy makers and other researchers.

Chinese relations

Understanding China’s rise and its implications for Asia and the world is an imperative task for scholars and policy makers. China has become the second largest economy next to the United States since 2010. China is also the major trading partner for over 140 countries in the world. As United States–China relations will define the next century, it is essential to build mutual understanding for policy makers.

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“We do not always agree with the Chinese perspective…But it is necessary to understand it, since China will play such a big role in the world that is emerging in the twenty-first century”.

Henry Kissinger

Former United States Secretary of State

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