Tuesday, August 21, 2012

China Threat Debate

This post is a note for my students in 7007GIR Australian Foreign Policy

The China threat debate continues on and on and on and provides an interesting way to consider debates in international relations theories.

One way to illustrate some of the positions to students are the very short statements by various scholars and others in a debate held in 2007 on the question: Beware the Dragon: A Booming China Spells Trouble for China.

John Mearsheimer provides a very neat summary of some of the key tenets of realism as they relate to China.

This is very well rebutted by a non-academic business man James McGregor.

Even though the debate took place in 2007, it still is extremely relevant to the current debate in Australia  and, of course, the United States.

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