What does harmonious regionalism mean? Insights from Chinese philosophy and western international relations theory

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the East Asia Security Symposium and Conference 2012
EditorsJ.H. Ping
PublisherEASSC Publications
Pages1-9
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventEast Asia Security Symposium and Conference: Limits of a pacific century - China Foreign Affairs University, Beijing, China
Duration: 30 Jun 201230 Jun 2012

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ConferenceEast Asia Security Symposium and Conference
CountryChina
CityBeijing
Period30/06/1230/06/12

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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.
Dellios, Rosita. / What does harmonious regionalism mean? Insights from Chinese philosophy and western international relations theory. Proceedings of the East Asia Security Symposium and Conference 2012. editor / J.H. Ping. EASSC Publications, 2012. pp. 1-9
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