Forum: Power and Influence

Power in Chinese Foreign Policy

by Darren Lim and Victor Ferguson

WITH CHINA HAVING the world’s second largest economy, increasingly sophisticated armed forces, deepening networks of foreign relations, and prominent participation in international institutions, discussions of its foreign policy increasingly involve the consideration of ‘power’. Yet ‘power’ can mean many things in the Chinese context. It may refer to China’s identity in international politics: variously a ‘rising power’, a ‘partial power’, and a ‘potential superpower’. It may describe the means or resources through which Beijing pursues its foreign policy objectives: including ‘military power’, ‘economic power’ or, increasingly, ‘technological power’. The pursuit of ‘power’ may even constitute China’s ultimate goal in world politics.

China’s Korea Diplomacy

by James Reilly

WHEN 2018 DAWNED OVER the Korean peninsula, the prospects for peace looked dim. Following North Korea’s sixth nuclear test on 3 September 2017, US President Donald Trump warned that ‘all options are on the table’, threatening the Democractic Republic of North Korea (DPRK) with ‘fire and fury’. On New Year’s Day, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un responded sharply: ‘The US should know that the button for nuclear weapons is on my table’.