Harmonizing the periphery: China’s neighborhood strategy under Xi Jinping

  title={Harmonizing the periphery: China’s neighborhood strategy under Xi Jinping},
  author={Stephen N. Smith},
  journal={The Pacific Review},
  pages={56 - 84}
Abstract This paper investigates how Chinese elites understand the proper role of their nation vis-à-vis its ‘periphery’ and how this self-understanding shapes Chinese strategic policy toward neighboring states. It makes two specific arguments. First, after 2012 China began to understand itself as responsible for actively managing and shaping its periphery. Xi Jinping has overseen an evolution in China’s neighborhood strategy that has changed from mere engagement to proactive efforts to shape… 
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