Zhang receives funding for book examining Chinese coercion

Ketian Zhang, Assistant Professor, Schar School of Policy and Government, is writing a book examining when, why, and how China attempts to coerce states over threats to its national security.

This question entails two parts: 1) when and why does China choose coercion, and 2) if coercion is chosen, what tools does China utilize?

The question is important because, since 1990, China has used coercion – one form of statecraft – for territorial disputes, foreign arms sales to Taiwan, and foreign leaders’ reception of the Dalai Lama, despite adverse implications for its international image. China is also curiously selective in the timing, target, and tools of coercion. Most cases of Chinese coercion are not instances of military coercion, nor does China use coercion against all states that pose the same threats to its national security.

To date, the question regarding China’s coercion patterns – crucial for the prospect of peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region – has not been systematically answered.

Zhang received $5,000 from Oak Ridge Associated Universities for this project. Funding began in October 2020 and will end in late September 2021.


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