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"Is China a Status Quo Power?"

"Is China a Status Quo Power?"

Journal Article, International Security, volume 27, issue 4, pages 5-56

Spring 2003

Author: Alastair Iain Johnston

Belfer Center Programs or Projects: International Security; Quarterly Journal: International Security



Many commentators wonder whether China is a status quo power that will continue to comply with regional and international norms or whether it is a revisionist power increasingly willing to challenge U.S. hegemony. Iain Johnston of Harvard University responds to the growing chorus of skeptics who contend that China is becoming a greater source of instability and offers evidence of Chinese behavior that, in some cases, suggests more status quo orientation. Johnston bases this conclusion on a set of indicators he uses to assess recent trends in China’s foreign policy.


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For Academic Citation:

Johnston, Alastair Iain. "Is China a Status Quo Power?." International Security 27, no. 4 (Spring 2003): 5-56.

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