Lecture on「Comparing China’s Economic Statecraft in Myanmar and North Korea」
Time: May 17, 2017（WED）12:00-14:00
Place: 2nd Conference Room, 7F, General Building, NCCU Campus
Lecturer: Prof. James Reilly
How to sign up: https://goo.gl/9QmljI
Topic：Comparing China’s Economic Statecraft in Myanmar and North Korea
I (Prof. James Reilly) am currently writing a book on China’s economic statecraft in Asia and Europe. My book examines how relations between Chinese central leaders and agents of the state shape China’s effectiveness in using economic resources to advance foreign policy objectives. Tempted by their broad authority over China’s massive economy, Chinese leaders deploy economic resources such as foreign aid and overseas investments to influence policy decisions in other countries. To implement economic statecraft, China’s leaders must rely upon their state-owned companies, bureaucratic agencies, and regional officials, even though they may be unreliable representatives of the central government. Central leaders’ delegation of authority shapes both the strategies and effectiveness of China’s economic statecraft.
In this presentation, I will discuss the first two case studies of the book: Myanmar and North Korea. From among China’s mainland Asian neighbors, they are two of Beijing’s ‘most-likely’ opportunities to use economic resources for strategic influence. In North Korea, China’s economic statecraft has been surprisingly successful in advancing most of Beijing’s policy objectives; while severe principal-agent problems in Myanmar undermined China’s coherence and effectiveness. Given its political liberalization underway since 2011, Myanmar also provides an ideal opportunity to assess how regime affinity influences the effectiveness of China’s economic statecraft.
James Reilly is an Associate Professor in Northeast Asian Politics in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science (George Washington University 2008) and an M.A. in East Asia Area Studies (University of Washington 1999). He was a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Oxford (2008-09) and a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy (2015-16). He served as the East Asia Representative of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) in Dalian, China from 2001-2008. He is the author of Strong Society, Smart State: The Rise of Public Opinion in China’s Japan Policy (Columbia University Press 2012), and the co-editor of Australia and China at 40 (UNSW Press 2012). His articles have appeared in numerous edited volumes and academic journals.
2017/04/07 to 2017/05/15