China and Global Governance: Opportunistic Multilateralism

US policy toward the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has come under increasing attack in Washington, as a growing chorus of analysts paints the PRC has a revisionist power seeking to undercut existing multilateral institutions. We observe, however, that China’s approach to multilateralism varies across different issue areas, and we argue and show that China’s approach differs depending on the strategic landscape of any given context. We conclude that it is thus a mistake to view China through a single lens as either a ‘revisionist’ or a ‘status-quo’ power.

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© 2020 University of Durham and John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Free access.

Kastner, S.L.; Pearson, M.M. and Rector, C. (2020) 'China and Global Governance: Oppurtunistic Multilateralism', Global Policy 11.1: 164-169

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