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A ‘friendly elephant’ in the room? The strategic foundations of China’s multilateral engagement in Asia

1 Oct 2012
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This article examines the link between China's grand strategy and its participation in multilateral organisations in Asia.

It argues that Chinese multilateralism arises because multilateral organisations provide a highly effective mechanism for China to achieve its strategic objectives and not indicative of a more fundamental commitment by Beijing to promoting multilateral engagement on transnational issues more generally. The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, ASEAN Plus Three, the East Asia Summit, Six-Party Talks and the South China Sea disputes are used to highlight both the continuing importance of unilateralism/bilateralism in Chinese grand strategy and the complex nature of Beijing’s multilateralism.

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