TURCSÁNYI, Richard. Contradiction of Strategic Goals as a Major Constrain of Chinese Power in the South China Sea. In Enrico Fels, Truong-Minh Vu. Power Politics in Asia’s Contested Waters Territorial Disputes in the South China Sea. New York: Springer, 2016. p. 173-196. Power Shift. ISBN 978-3-319-26150-8. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-26152-2_9.
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Original name Contradiction of Strategic Goals as a Major Constrain of Chinese Power in the South China Sea
Authors TURCSÁNYI, Richard (703 Slovakia, guarantor, belonging to the institution).
Edition New York, Power Politics in Asia’s Contested Waters Territorial Disputes in the South China Sea, p. 173-196, 24 pp. Power Shift, 2016.
Publisher Springer
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Original language English
Type of outcome Chapter(s) of a specialized book
Field of Study 50601 Political science
Country of publisher Switzerland
Confidentiality degree is not subject to a state or trade secret
Publication form printed version "print"
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RIV identification code RIV/00216224:14230/16:00089569
Organization unit Faculty of Social Studies
ISBN 978-3-319-26150-8
Doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-26152-2_9
Keywords in English China's power; Chinese foreign policy; Chinese policies in the South China Sea; Chinese national interest
Changed by Changed by: Ing. Mgr. Richard Turcsányi, Ph.D., učo 171930. Changed: 22/3/2016 05:43.
Abstract
This chapter analytically connects theoretical works on power in international politics with the conflict development in the South China Sea (SCS) from the Chinese perspective. Power will be defined as a capability of an actor to achieve and/or sustain a desired situation and it will be understood as a fluid and issue-specific ability. Due to this nature of power, it is impossible to chart a general power ranking of states. On the other hand, it is possible to discuss various sources of power with regards of specific policy-issues, how these power sources influence strategies actors take and outcomes of their interactions. China’s ‘desired situation’ will be understood in line with (former Chinese State Councilor) Dai Bingguo’s three core interests of preserving political system, territorial integrity, and sustained development. While the regime security will be regarded as the final interest of the Chinese government, two further ‘core interests’ supporting it would translate into two concrete goals in the SCS—safeguarding the sovereignty as perceived by Chinese public, and sustaining vital economic partnerships with international partners. Chinese policies and their outcomes will be interpreted as successes/failures against the proposed goals and it will be discussed in the conclusion what sources of power have brought them about. It will be argued that the fundamental constrain of Chinese actions in the SCS is the inherent contradiction between its desired goals, as the protecting the territorial integrity is causing anti-Chinese sentiments and potentially threatens economic interactions and development of the country.
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