China’s Institutional Balancing Strategies for “Multilateral Leadership” in the Asia Pacific

  • Huiyun Feng
  • Kai He


China’s bid for “multilateral leadership” in the Asia Pacific is the first step for China to challenge the US-led international order. This chapter introduces a “prospect-institutional balancing” model to explain how China has utilized two types of institutional balancing strategies to pursue a “multilateral leadership” in the region. Using China’s policies in the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA) as two case studies, the study concludes that China’s institutional challenge to the international order will be more peaceful than widely predicted.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Huiyun Feng
    • 1
  • Kai He
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Government and International RelationsGriffith UniversityNathanAustralia
  2. 2.Griffith Asia InstituteGriffith UniversityNathanAustralia

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