Contesting the Liberal Order? China Rising in a World Not of Its Own Making

Premier Wang Qishan, Barack Obama

Contesting the Liberal Order? China Rising in a World Not of Its Own Making

Tuesday, 8 November 2016 - 5:00pm
Venue: 
Lecture Theatre, Dickson Poon Building, University of Oxford China Centre, St Hugh’s
Speaker(s): 
Yongjin Zhang (Bristol)
Convenor: 
Professor Rosemary Foot

Yongjin Zhang will investigate the entanglement of the rising Chinese power with the liberal global order in negotiating for normative change. As an emerging power with an authoritarian regime, China faces a liberal global governance order and hierarchical constructs. Professor Zhang will argue that three differentiated strategic approaches have been developed by China in this entanglement: to defend liberal pluralism in the legalized hegemony; to contest liberal cosmopolitan anti‐pluralism in the changing normative order; and to endorse state‐centric solidarism with regard to the construction of a liberal global governance order. If they reflect a rising China's preferences of order construction, they also constitute an important part of China's engaging negotiations for normative change in international society.

Yongjin Zhang‘s principal research interest and publications cut across the disciplinary boundaries of International Relations theory and Chinese history, politics, economic transformation and international relations. Publications include Constructing a Chinese School of IR (ed., Routledge 2016) and Contesting International Society in East Asia (ed., Cambridge UP, 2014). Having held teaching positions in China, Britain, New Zealand and Australia, Professor Zhang is now Professor of International Politics at the University of Bristol, where one of his current research projects is on International Relations in Ancient China, an interdisciplinary project supported by a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship.