Harmonious regionalism from the perspective of Chinese philosophy is best expressed as ananti-hegemonic discourse that privileges wu-wei (actionless action) and yin-yang correlativity. These are framed within a larger Confucian-Socialist hybrid narrative, such as “win-win”policies that are advanced in various white papers, be they on China’s “peaceful development”, foreign aid or national defence. Through the use of social constructivism in Western International Relations theory, it is possible to ask whether China is a constructivist state in search of a correlative region. If so, this would render the meaning of “harmonious regionalism” as a process (dao, the way) based model rather than a highly institutionalized one. The Confucian concept of harmony in which diverse interests prevail in a dynamic balance accords with this notion of process. China’s participation in regional organizations on its periphery is examined through this conceptual lens.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the East Asia Security Symposium and Conference 2012|
|Number of pages||9|
|Publication status||Published - 2012|
|Event||East Asia Security Symposium and Conference: Limits of a pacific century - China Foreign Affairs University, Beijing, China|
Duration: 30 Jun 2012 → 30 Jun 2012
|Conference||East Asia Security Symposium and Conference|
|Period||30/06/12 → 30/06/12|
Dellios, R. (2012). What does harmonious regionalism mean? Insights from Chinese philosophy and western international relations theory. In J. H. Ping (Ed.), Proceedings of the East Asia Security Symposium and Conference 2012 (pp. 1-9). EASSC Publications.