SemesterSpring Semester, 2021
DepartmentInternational Master's Program in Asia-Pacific Studies, First Year International Master's Program in Asia-Pacific Studies, Second Year International Master's Program in Asia-Pacific Studies, Third Year International Master's Program in Asia-Pacific Studies, Fourth Year
Course NameTaiwan, China and United State in the International System
Course TypeElective
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Course Description
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Assigned readings







World Politics and the Global system: An Overview

Walter Russell Mead, “ The Return of Geopolitics”


G. John Ikenberry, “The Illusion of Geopolitics”,


Foreign Affairs, May/June 2014, pp. 69-91.





The Trump revolution and global change

Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt, “How a democracy dies”

New Republic, Dec, 2017


Joseph S. Nye Jr, “Will the Liberal Order Survive? the History of an Idea”

Foreign Affairs, Jan/Feb, 2017


Pankaj Ghemawat , “Globalization in the age of Trump”, Harvard Business Review, July, 2017




Debating the Rise of China


David A Lake, Domination, Authority, and the Forms of Chinese Power

The Chinese Journal of International Politics, Volume 10, Issue 4, 1 December 2017, Pages 357–382,


Yan Xuetong , “From Keeping a Low Profile to Striving for

Achievement”, The Chinese Journal of International Politics, 2014, Vol. 7, No. 2


Rumi Aoyama, Chapter One, “China’s Grand Strategy as a Rising Power”, in Tse-Kang Leng and Rumi Aoyama ed, Decoding the rise of China,(Palgrave, 2018).




Chinese Foreign Behaviors: Assertive Policies or status-quo Power?

Zheng Yongnian, Lim Wen Xin, The Changing Geopolitical Landscape, China and the World Order in the 21st Century” , China: an International Journal, February, 2017. pp. 4-23


Hu Weixing, “China and the United States in the Asia-Pacific: Towards a New Model or New Normal of Major Power Relations?China: an International Journal, February, 2017, pp. 63-82


Takeshi Uemura Chapter Four, “Philosophy, Culture, and Sino-Japanese Relations”in Tse-Kang Leng and Rumi Aoyama ed. Decoding the rise of China,(Palgrave, 2018).




US foreign policy and Sino-American relations


Hoover Institution, “Chinese influences and American interests”, 2018. Selected chapters.




Challenges of Cross-Taiwan strait relations



Josh Wenger, Ming-tong Chen,”Prospects for Cross-Strait Political Negotiation: Exploring Win-Sets”, China Quarterly, Dec 2017


Dean P. Chen , “Liberal Internationalism, Jacksonian Nationalism, and the US One China Policy”, Asian survey , Oct 2017


Austin Horng-En Wang, The Waning Effect of China’s Carrot and Stick Policies on Taiwanese PeopleClamping Down on Growing National Identity?”, Asian Survey, June 2017





China’s Belt and Road Initiatives and beyond

“Three years of China’s new silk road”, IFRI report, Paris, 2017



Arctic diplomacy and power politics


Ronald O'Rourke , “Changes in the Arctic: Background and Issues for Congress” , December 21, 2017


Calmilla Sorensen and Ekaterina Klimenko, “Emerging Chinese-Russian Cooperation in the Arctic,” SIPRI policy report, 2017.


Marc Lanteigne,

‘Have you entered the storehouses of the snow?’ China as a norm entrepreneur in the Arctic “, Polar Record, January, 2017





Guest speaker Lecture:

To be confirmed



Cultural policy and soft power in the global system

Elena Meyer-Clement, “The evolution of Chinese film policy: how to adapt an instrument for hegemonic rule to commercialisation”, International Journal of Cultural Policy, Vol. 23, Issue 4, 2017.


Changwook Kim, “Locating creative city policy in East Asia: neoliberalism, developmental state and assemblage of East Asian cities”, International Journal of Cultural Policy, Vol. 23, Issue 3, 2017.



Antonios Vlassis, “Soft power, global governance of cultural industries and rising powers: the case of China”, International Journal of Cultural Policy, Vol. 22, Issue 4, 2016.




Global change and historical preservation in China


Yao, Y. and R. B. Han. “Challenging, but Not Trouble-making: Cultural Elites in China’s Urban Heritage Preservation.” Journal of Contemporary China 25, no. 98 (2016): 292-306.

Tse-Kang Leng and Rung-yi Chen, “Local state adaptation and grassroots participation: Tianjin and Nanjing’s preservation of cultural relics in comparative aspects”, Journal of Contemporary East Asia Studies, Vol 6, No.2, December, 2017





Public diplomacy and global change

Gary Rawnsley, “Soft Power Rich, Public Diplomacy Poor: An Assessment of Taiwan's External Communications”, China Quarterly , Dec 2017


Kristin Vekasi, ”Transforming Geopolitical Risk: Public Diplomacy of Multinational Firms for Foreign Audiences”, The Chinese Journal of International Politics, Volume 10, Issue 1, 1 March 2017, Pages 95–129,




Future prospects

John Mearsheimyer, The Great Delusion







Teaching Methods
Teaching Assistant

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Class presentation: 30%

Class participation: 30%

      Final proposal : 40%

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