Worlds beyond Westphalia: Daoist dialectics and the ‘China threat’.

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TitleWorlds beyond Westphalia: Daoist dialectics and the ‘China threat’.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsLING, L. H. M.
JournalReview of International Studies
Pagination549 - 568
Date Published2013/07//
ISBN Number02602105
KeywordsChina, CHINA -- Foreign relations, EAST & West, ECONOMIC development, International relations, Taoism, WORLD politics

Discourse in the US/West that a rising China threatens world order serves no national interest or international purpose. It subscribes only to Westphalian anxieties about the Other. Drawing on Daoist dialectics, this article shows how we can reframe this issue by revealing the complicities that bind even seemingly intractable opposites, thereby undermining the rationale for violence. By recognising the ontological parity between (US/Western) Self and (Chinese/non-Western) Other, we may begin to shift IR/world politics from hegemony to engagement, the ‘tragedy’ of great power politics to the freedom of discovery and creativity. [ABSTRACT FROM PUBLISHER]Copyright of Review of International Studies is the property of Cambridge University Press and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)