In "Democracy promotion and China: blocker or bystander?" SPP Visiting Professor Katrin Kinzelbach and co-author Dingding Chen explore why it is that although China "has the ability to employ military and economic leverage to hinder democratization in its immediate neighbourhood," it does not necessarily choose to do so.
In a public lecture at the Center for Conflict, Negotiation and Recovery (CCNR) on November 20, Professor To-hai Liou from National Chengchi University outlined how the Senkaku-Diaoyutai Islands dispute between Japan and China has destabilized the geopolitical order in Northeast Asia. "This dispute has had political, economic, and strategic effects on the region," Liou emphasized.
“Quiet diplomacy is a common tool to promote human rights but because it happens behind closed doors, we usually know very little about it. Of course it can be useful, yet that is not always the case,” explains SPP Visiting Professor Katrin Kinzelbach. Her book, The EU's Human Rights Dialogue with China: Quiet Diplomacy and its Limits was just published by Routledge.
Elective Course, Governance Specialization/Concentration
This course provides an intensive introduction to the global politics of China. China is now very prominent in global affairs, but the course is not just about current affairs per se. While seeking to enable engagement with current events, including China’s engagement with global governance, it also explores how China came to be in its current circumstances, the different ways that these can be interpreted, and the interconnections between China’s ‘domestic’ and ‘international’ relations.