Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Department of Government and Politics Research Seminar Series

The Role of Friendship in Chinese Foreign Policy: A Comparative Study of Sino-African and China- Central Asia Relations

The People’s Republic of China (PRC) is seen by many as a leader of the Global South as well as an emerging power challenging the norms of the Western-dominated international system. Many academics have viewed the PRC’s rise through a lens of traditional concepts of power, such as military, economic, and soft power. This paper, however, argues that these concepts of power alone do not explain the PRC’s role in international relations. The paper argues that it is necessary to understand the PRC’s focus on friendship between nations and on south-south cooperation in order to explain Chinese contemporary foreign policy. The paper applies a role theory framework to argue that Chinese foreign policy is shaped in part by a historical narrative of friendship with particular nations and regions in the global south that needs to be maintained in order to achieve ontological security in its national role conception. The paper uses qualitative data analysis to identify speech acts which are triangulated using interviews to present a comparative case study of Chinese foreign policy in two regions: Africa and Central Asia. Dr Niall Duggan is a lecturer in the Department of Government and Politics at University College Cork, where he teaches international relations, International political economy and Asian Politics. Dr Duggan received his PhD from the School of Asian Studies and the Department of Government and Politics at UCC. Dr Duggan also hold a BSc in Government and Public Policy from UCC and an MA in East and Southeast Asian Studies from Lund University. From 2013-2015 Dr Duggan was the Acting- Chair of Modern Chinese Society and Economy at Georg-August-Universität Göttingen (GAUG), a post that sits in the Faculty of Humanities and the Faculty of Social Sciences. Dr Duggan has also been a lecturer at the Institute of East Asian Politics, Ruhr Universität Bochum and the Department of Chinese Studies NUI Maynooth. His main research focuses is emerging economies in global governance; international relations (IR) of the Global South; and China’s foreign and security policies, with a special focus on Sino-African and Sino-EU relations. The theoretical focus of his research is non-Western IR theory, the development of role theory, and the role of ideas in IR.

Category: Public Lectures and Seminars: Arts Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
Time: 3pm-4pm
Location: ORB_202
Target Audience: All welcome
Admission Price: € Free
Contact: Stefanie Wojtek
021 490 2770

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