The new ‘Pacific Century’ and the rise of China: an international relations perspective

  title={The new ‘Pacific Century’ and the rise of China: an international relations perspective},
  author={Thomas Stow Wilkins},
  journal={Australian Journal of International Affairs},
  pages={381 - 405}
  • T. Wilkins
  • Published 16 July 2010
  • Political Science
  • Australian Journal of International Affairs
The re-emergence of the ‘Pacific Century’, or ‘Asia-Pacific Century’, discourse centred on the rise of Chinese power raises important questions in the discipline of international relations (IR). These questions relate to the conceptualisation of the Pacific Century discourse, its application to the contemporary empirical case, and its relationship and amenability to IR theories. In order to address these questions, the article subjects the concept of a ‘Pacific Century’ to critical analysis… 
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