China’s rapid economic growth over the past thirty years has enabled her to return to the central stage in the world. Understanding the profound implications of a rising China, however, requires more than an investigation of her internal transformation. Instead, the international political, economic, and security implications of the rise of China would reveal more adequately when comparing her behavior to that of other state actors in Asia Pacific. The region is not only the reference group to the rising China, but also the geographic locale where China’s politico-economic power is most palpably felt. This five-year research program gathers authoritative scholars to examine the effects and challenges of the rise of China to the Asia-Pacific region, the global order, and the cross-straits relations.
From 2011 to 2012, the program is divided into the following 4 projects:
1. Theories of New Regionalism. This project looks into the development strategies of new regionalism in the context of China and East Asia.
2. East Asia’s New Economic Order. This project reveals the rise of East Asia’s economy and sub-regionalism, and potential integration and conflict.
3. Studies on the impacts of China's overseas energy investment on local politics and economic development. China has become a net importer of fuel energy since 1993. In 2010, it has grown into the biggest consumer of fuel energy in the world. It implies that China has to increase its overseas investment in energy sector in order to meet the domestic demand, which leads to interdependence between China and its energy investment partners. The local politics and economic development of the partners are hereby expected to be affected by Chinese influence.
4. The Comprehensive Rise of China and the Emergence of India in Asia Geopolitics. This project aims to scrutinize a new phenomenon in the field of International Relations - the rise of India, and its implications for the future. The four pillars of this project are (1) to form a NCCU-based research team; (2) to invite Indian scholars for workshops; (3) to conduct a regular India Forum; and (4) to host an academic conference. The expected output of this project includes one edited book and one to three journal articles in English or Chinese.