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East Asian Institute launches book on China and international relations

26 October 2010

BOOK LAUNCH: NUS' East Asian Institute Chairman Prof Wang Gungwu (left) and NUS President Prof Tan Chorh Chuan discussing about the newly launched book on China and international relations
China and International Relations: the Chinese View and the Contribution of Wang Gungwu was officially launched on 25 October 2010 by Guest-of-Honour NUS President Prof Tan Chorh Chuan and NUS' East Asian Institute (EAI) Chairman Prof Wang Gungwu.

The book explores the efficacy and limitations of Western approaches to China's international relations and demonstrates how the study of Chinese experiences can generate numerous insights for the field of international relations.

Noting the importance of this book, Prof Tan said: "I am sure this book will be an enduring reference source on China's historical as well as contemporary experience in international relations. It is an invaluable contribution to the rich body of work established through Prof Wang's scholarship and rigorous academic and policy research."

On offering a Chinese perspective to the field of international relations, EAI Director Prof Zheng Yongnian noted, "Since the discipline of international relations has come into being, the field has been dominated by the West. With the rise of non-Western nations like China and India, people in Western countries need to learn from their Asian counterparts."

Prof Zheng, who is editor of the book, said that the launch of the book is timely. "This book offers a Chinese view of international relations, of which Prof Wang is a proponent. We know that people in Asia and Chinese people view international relations differently from the West. We want to explore the existing Chinese view by looking at the writings of Prof Wang."

A renowned China historian and one of the most influential scholars writing on international relations, Prof Wang is an NUS University Professor. He was conferred an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by the University of Cambridge in June last year, in recognition of his contribution as a historian of China and the Chinese.

He is also Emeritus Professor of the Australian National University, and Chairman of the Governing Board of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at NUS.

With article contributions by some of the foremost scholars in the field of China studies, the book focuses on Prof Wang's work which includes topics such as empire, nation-state, nationalism, state ideology, and the Chinese view of world order.

It discusses the historicity and social foundation of China's domestic order and international relations, China in contemporary world politics as well as the historical continuity and transformation of China's international relations.