Conclusion: Living with China, but Loving It?

  • Amitav Acharya


The broad purpose of the Living with China project is to ascertain how China’s neighbors have responded to its rise and what explains their response. But a particular and distinctive aim of this project is to examine these responses with the prism of crisis management. Such a focus is justified not only because, as the Introduction to the volume notes, it is a relatively understudied aspect of the burgeoning literature on China’s relations with its neighbors, but also because it helps us understand three things that the more general assessments of the relationship tend to obscure.2


Crisis Management Asian Financial Crisis Indian Ocean Tsunami Shanghai Cooperation Organization East Asian Summit 
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