China Foreign Affairs University, Beijing
July 1, 2016

The 2016 conference – Concentrations of Power: Geopolitical Security and Economic Stability – will focus on new research in fields such as diplomacy, global political economy, history, international conflict management, international relations, peace studies and strategic studies. Participants in this ongoing series of conferences represent numerous disciplines, and often employ inter-disciplinary methods in developing their research.

Concentrations of Power: Geopolitical Security and Economic Stability 权力集中:地缘政治安全与经济稳定

For China and its neighbours the present is increasingly burdened by apprehension. Geopolitical security and economic stability have previously been built symbiotically; as complimentary, within a liberalising rules-based global system. East Asia’s stability however is seemingly threatened by divergent state goals and changed economic trajectories. What are the goals of regional states and are they incompatible? Is the Thucydides Trap as a concept too simplistic to describe the more complex security picture in Asia?


China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea, for example, are being ventured, but are not unchallenged in practice or principal and may not be complimentary to its hitherto market economy. Does China risk creating the very outcome it seeks to avoid – a counter-balancing coalition of states that seek to hedge, dissuade or deter Chinese strategic power, and thus circumscribe China’s rise? The foreseen freedom of navigation exercises and the Philippines instigated case under the UNCLOS may be viewed as designed escalations of the use of power beyond the past cycles of unexpected crises and restoration of a status quo, or are they an entirely justified response to China’s nine dash line and island building?


Why is Japan revising its constitution? Why is the US maintaining military capacity in the ROK, and what are the ‘military capabilities needed for geopolitical security’? Are the rising military capabilities ‘needed’ for geopolitical security a threat to economic stability? It may be argued that these developments strengthen the established rules based international order, including the ‘hub and spokes’ security arrangements in Asia that has enabled the economic stability from which China has benefited, and which has enabled China’s rapid development.


Scholarship from the Conference 本次会议出版的作品列表:

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Bridging the ‘Legitimacy Gap’: Pakistan and the CTBT 弥补‘合法性差距’:巴基斯坦和《全面禁止核试验条约》

Samad Aftab, Bond University
Milena Arsic, Australian Public Service in Canberra

China and the World, China-Australia Relations Survey

Xiao Tang, China Foreign Affairs University
Jonathan H. Ping, Bond University

Global “Civilization Politics” with "Civilization Value"

Hao Su, China Foreign Affairs University
Jiali Zhou, China Foreign Affairs University
Li Ding, China Youth University of Political Studies

How Chinese Leaders View Peace?: Mao Zedong versus Deng Xiaoping

Yue Cui, University of International Business and Economics

Human security, prosperity and the Chinese Dream 人类安全、繁荣和中国梦

Anna Hayes, James Cook University, Australia

Maritime Strategic Issues of the East and South China Sea

Gaye Christoffersen, Johns Hopkins University

Pragmatism in China’s Foreign Policy: Operationalising pragmatism in international relations

Charles P C Rong, National University of Singapore

Re-telling the ‘China-Africa story’

Ilaria Carrozza, London School of Economics and Political Science

Responsibility and contribution as determinants of hierarchy: Rationalizing the principle of sovereign equality within diplomatic protocol and etiquette 作为决定因素的责任与贡献

Jiali Zhou, China Foreign Affairs University

The Chinese Dream: More Rhetorical than ‘Actionable’?

Dylan M H Loh, University of Cambridge