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Neo-Imperialism: China's Quasi-Manchukuo Policy toward North Korea, Mongolia, and Myanmar
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science. (Department of Political Science)
2011 (English)In: Tamkang Journal of International Affairs, ISSN 1027-4979, Vol. 14, no 4, 61-97 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

As China's military muscle -particularly its naval power - strengthens rapidly even to challenge the existing US dominance in the Asia Pacific, the region is increasingly marked with disputes and political instability, especially in the recent maritime disputes in the South- and East China Sea and the Yellow Sea. China's firm support of North Korea's attacks against South Korea in Cheonan and Yeonpyeong incidents might trigger resumption of the Korean War yet to end, or a prelude to a new Cold War. Also, by abusing its rapidly growing economic and military power, Hu Jintao's China is assuming a highly aggressive stance to its neighboring countries geopolitically important to China, who are rich in natural resources yet politically vulnerable, such as North Korea and Myanmar. If Japan's Manchukuo policy in the 1930s is interpreted as (1) a large investment in economic infrastructure for extracting natural resources, (2) military interventions for protecting economic interests, and (3) social-political absorption by means of a puppet government, China's current strategy toward its neighboring countries can be well explained with such a historical model. It has similar effects in terms of incremental and discreet expansion of its strategic front initially disguised as investment for industrial infrastructure or ”economic cooperation”. This indicates that China is a new imperial power, notwithstanding its rhetoric of ”peaceful rise” or ”peaceful development”.

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Taipei, Taiwan: Tamkang University , 2011. Vol. 14, no 4, 61-97 p.
Keyword [en]
Imperialism, Security strategy, Manchukuo, China, North Korea, Mongolia, Myanmar
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Political Science; Peace and Conflict Research; Economic History
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-71756OAI: diva2:485638
Available from: 2012-01-29 Created: 2012-01-29 Last updated: 2015-08-25Bibliographically approved

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