Politics and International Relations
Rising China as a great power wants to be treated as such, which means that China is no longer a mere rule-taker, but it should be a significant rule-maker in world politics. To write the 21st century’s international order (particularly, a new regional order in Asia), China continuously seeks to maximize power, wealth, and respect, all of which are what it takes to be an accepted rule-maker in world politics. However, China still lacks respect from the international community, particularly from its neighboring countries in Asia. This paper first attempts to provide a critical check on China’s lack of international respect, and suggests two points to worth being considered in China to gain what it wants – international respect. First, although China insists that it is not a hegemony-seeking power unlike former imperial powers of the West, China’s great power mentality today appears to be boxed in a hard-nose realist perspective from the West. Second, China needs to critically ponder over what sort of values are projecting through its state-led discourses such as peaceful development/rise, harmonious society, China dream, and so on.