27 April 2016

Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar Rana Siu Inboden contributed a chapter to a book recently published by Oxford University Press titled Rising China’s Influence in Developing Asia. In the chapter, “China's Influence on Developing Asian States During the Creation of the United Nations Human Rights Council, 2005-7”, Inboden and Dr. Rosemary Foot discuss China’s influence during UN institutional reform of the UN human rights bodies.

The book addresses the role China is playing in reshaping the world order, the global impacts of Chinese influence, and the sources of Chinese influence. The contributing authors focus on the developing countries in East and Southeast Asia, where the power asymmetry between China and smaller states in the region plays a key role in China’s bilateral relationships with these states and on key political actors and international institutions.

Overall, the book demonstrates how China tends to influence smaller countries without the use of force and how the PRC applies power in complex methods. Contributors to the publication describe how China utilizes competing interests of target state actors, the imperatives of other existing security and economic relationships, and more complex strategic thinking than would be expected. The findings from Rising China’s Influence in Developing Asia contain policy related to the influence of China in reshaping the international order, as well as refining strategies for engaging China.

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