Literature About China 's Rise Of East Asia Varies Across International Relations Essay

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Literature about China’s rise in East Asia varies along International Relations (IR) Theory methodologies, Think Tank papers, Government research, and media coverage. This literature review covers a period between 2000 and 2009 that establishes a baseline interaction, or ‘before’ (George and Bennett 2005, 166) outcome, among and between the key actors under investigation in this study. Use later in this predictive study, content post-2009 serves to judge a change in interaction. Many well-informed accounts exist on China’s rise. Aside from IR methodologies, research tools use in the subsequent literature includes scenario, structured, focus comparison, and counterfactual methods. For China’s rise, in general, the published studies agreed the outlook for trade was high, the ‘hub and spoke’ alliance purpose questioned, and a prospect of war was low. IR Debates Within the IR field of study, the debate about China’s rise offers divergent viewpoints. For example, the opposing views between Offensive Realist Mearsheimer, and eclectic arguments by Kang. In a 2003 article, “Getting Asia Wrong,” Kang responds directly to Offensive Realist claims by Mearsheimer in 2001, The Tragedy of Great Power Politics. Opposing the central assumption that Asian states would resist China, other states as per Kang, are not balancing China, rather are climbing on China’s bandwagon. In response to Kang, Mearsheimer (2006) in “China’s Unpeaceful Rise,” asserts actors like Japan, South Korea,

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