China's Use of Military Force in Foreign Affairs by M. Liegl
Journal of Conflict and Security Law, Volume 22, Issue 3 (2017)
3 Pages Posted: 15 Sep 2017 Last revised: 18 Dec 2020
Date Written: July 15, 2017
Following the programme of market reforms initiated in the late 1970s by Deng Xiaoping, the economy of China has grown at an unprecedented pace and scale. As a result of this extraordinary process, China has become the second largest economy in the world, and is now playing an increasingly influential role in the global economic order. This ambitious economic expansion has contextually boosted the country’s military ambitions. Thus, after several years of double-digit defence spending increases, China is today the world's second-highest military spender. Perhaps not surprisingly, Beijing’s economic and military transformation has become the epicenter of a passionate discussion among Western, and especially American, commentators, contributing to make the rise of China a prominent issue in international relations (IR) scholarship. Will China disrupt the status quo and challenge the extant ruling power, namely the United States? In doing so, will it adopt an increasingly belligerent attitude?
Keywords: Chinese foreign policy, China rise, China use of force
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