Two analytical perspectives – conventional wisdom derived from warlordism and European colonialism, and soft-power concepts drawn from post-Cold-War American international relations – are prevalent lenses for analysing China's global rise. However, neither considers the role of the past in shaping China's contemporary diplomacy. This paper fills the gap of this under-researched area by providing an alternative perspective featuring analytic categories rooted in China's tributary tradition. It proposes a neo-tributary framework for systematically interpreting historical Chinese mentalities and strategies embedded in China's contemporary power strategy. Copyright © 2015 Taylor & Francis.
CitationPan, S.-Y., & Lo, J. T.-Y. (2017). Re-conceptualizing China's rise as a global power: A neo-tributary perspective, The Pacific Review, 30(1), 1-25.
- International relations
- Global power
- Rising power
- Tributary system