The PRC’s governance diplomacy in the Asia-Pacific region
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China’s multilateralist behavior – or governance diplomacy in the pursuit of cooperative regionalism - will contribute to greater stability and less exclusion in regional affairs. Flexibility and informality are the hallmark of these efforts, as regional cooperation has tended to start with informal dialogue and then progress to practical projects. There is also an emphasis on process rather than results, leading to mutually-constitutive relations. Correlative relationships are a feature of East Asian security thinking. Thus this paper also explores the possible theoretical underpinnings of China’s governance diplomacy and its regional context in terms of East Asian modalities of thought.
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