Egypt Institute Journal (Vol. 4 – Issue 14) / studies
The ‘Chinese Rise’ to the Neo-Realists
This study provides a theoretical reading of the issue of the ‘Chinese rise’ as viewed by most theoretical approaches with respect to the international relations, i.e. the neo-classical realism, based on a scientific conviction that argues that it is impossible to explain the behavior of major international actors without the use of a guiding theory, as well as predicting the path that such behavior will take in the future.
The neo-realists assume and argue that the Chinese rise will not be a peaceful rise at all. This study focuses on the theoretical premises that made the neo-realists reach this conclusion, through discussing three interconnected questions:
– Will China’s rise be peaceful?
– Is China a regional power or a global power?
– Will the rising China maintain the current international system or it will seek to change it as a revolutionary force?