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China’s economic development throughout the past three decades has turned the country into a core member of the world system. Simply investigating China’s domestic policy progression, however, is not enough for a better comprehension of the rising China. The political, economic, and security implications of the rise of China are best understood by comparing the country’s behavior with that of other Asian-Pacific state actors. Hence, the region of Asia-Pacific is not only a conceptual frame of reference to the rise of China, but also a geographic field unto which the rising China projects its upward politico-economic strength.
The project aims to facilitate inter-disciplinary dialogue and integration between the communities of China Studies and Asia-Pacific Studies in Taiwan, elevate the quality of graduate and undergraduate programs in relevant disciplines, and raise the profile of Taiwan’s China Studies and Asia-Pacific Studies in international academia. Regional and international studies have continuously been two major long-term focus areas for cultivation at NCCU and its Institute of International Relations. In interacting with other lines of inquiry, this project hopes to construct theoretical knowledge for the regional and international studies intended to cope with the rise of China and the trend of globalization, highlighting NCCU’s contributions to regional studies.
Key Topics
  1. Basic Theoretical Research on New Regionalism: This project explores China’s and other East Asian countries’ development strategies under the new regionalism approach. New regionalism is currently still in the developing stages, as different regions have different characteristics. Facing China’s rise and major international and regional development trends, Taiwan’s area studies needs to develop with both the theory and the practice of the new regionalism, to implement comprehensive exploration and provide for Taiwan a new regionalism standpoint and development strategy.
  1. East Asian Regional Economic Order: This research analyzes the reasons for the rise of East Asia’s regional economy and sub-regionalism. It also explores potential paths for further integration and the threat of future conflicts. In detail, this research investigates 1) the forces behind the formation of East Asian regionalism; 2) the regional characteristics of its institutional design; 3) the impact of regional institutions on the behavior of individual states; and 4) Japan’s reaction and responses to the rise of China. This research team consists of Taiwanese and Japanese scholars, assembled by the Center for Modern Japan Studies at the Institute of International Relations.
  1. Chinese overseas energy investments’ effects on recipient countries’ politics and economic development: Since 1993, China has become a major petroleum importing country; moreover, in 2010, China became the world’s largest consumer of petroleum meaning China must step up overseas investment in order to meet its growing demand for oil. Interdependent relationships, in terms of politics, economics and other aspects, are emerging between China and the countries in which it invests; nevertheless, China’s quest for sources of oil will undoubtedly affect politics and economic development in recipient countries or regions.