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Chinese HegemonyGrand Strategy and International Institutions in East Asian History$
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Feng Zhang

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780804793896

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804793896.001.0001

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The Value of Relationalism

The Value of Relationalism

(p.174) Seven The Value of Relationalism
Chinese Hegemony

Feng Zhang

Stanford University Press

This concluding chapter explains the value of relationalism for examining motivational, strategic, and institutional formations in historical East Asian politics. It also highlights the key empirical finding of expressive rationality in regional relations. A more important purpose of the chapter is to outline ethical relationalism as a distinct critical and normative International Relations theory and apply its perspectives to evaluate contemporary Chinese strategy. The theory provides the link between the past and present and suggests policy implications of this study. Chinese foreign policy already contains a rarely noted element of ethical relationalism. But it is in competition with other intellectual currents for policy influence and must be expanded and deepened if Chinese foreign policy is to realize its relational potential more fully.

Keywords:   relationalism, East Asian politics, expressive rationality, ethical relationalism, critical theory, normative theory, Chinese foreign policy

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