China as a system preserving power in the WTO

James Scott*, Rorden Wilkinson

*Corresponding author for this work

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Since the People’s Republic of China (PRC) embarked upon a program of reform beginning in 1978, China’s “rise” has generated considerable debate. Outside of the country, much of the debate has concentrated on whether China will be a “system-challenging” (that is, a “revisionist”) power, or one that is “status quo”-preserving, despite the well noted ambiguities in these terms; and the central issue of much scholarly research has been directed at trying to determine what the PRC’s “intentions” are such that a proclamation can be made one way or the other. Sitting behind this debate is a longer-standing scholarly and policy concern with the extent to which China represents a “threat” to the international system that dates back more than 200 years to the West’s first regularized dealings with China (Turner, 2009; Kennedy, 2010). Indeed, much of the debate hinges on whether China has, to paraphrase Yongjin Zhang (1991), re-entered international society, or whether it is possible, to borrow Alastair Johnston’s phrase, “to socialize a dictatorial, nationalistic, and dissatisfied China” within that society (Johnston, 2003: 5).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRising powers and multilateral institutions
EditorsDries Lesage, Thijs Van De Graaf
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781137397607
ISBN (Print)9781137397591, 9781349485048
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
EventWorkshops on International Relations (WIRE) (6th: 2013) - Brussels, Belgium
Duration: 13 Sept 201314 Sept 2013

Publication series

NameInternational Political Economy Series
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
ISSN (Print)2662-2483
ISSN (Electronic)2662-2491


ConferenceWorkshops on International Relations (WIRE) (6th: 2013)


  • dispute settlement
  • rise
  • conflict
  • realism
  • future
  • Doha
  • west


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