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Accession Number ADA562717
Title Coercive Levers in Chinese Economic Statecraft: Attributed Across Earth, Rarely Apparent.
Publication Date Jun 2012
Media Count 147p
Personal Author I. C. Doss
Abstract This study considers the role of coercive lever exercise in Chinese economic statecraft. Whereas the economic statecraft literature presumes larger economic powers dominate smaller economic powers, this study considers cases in which asymmetric interdependence in specific sectors allows relatively less developed states to access coercive levers as viable policy options. It found that coercive lever exercise remains rare relative to inducements in Chinese economic statecraft consistent with evolving Chinese grand strategy and political economy trends. As demonstrated in the case studies, exercise patterns were reactionary and depended on existing conditions of asymmetric interdependence with the target state. Beijing can and will exercise coercive levers in the context of a bilateral trade dispute or during select high-stakes international crises, but only to an extent that exercise supports achievement of limited political objectives such as signaling resolve, amplifying official protest, or altering short-term behavior in the target state. Though reluctant to exercise coercive levers, China's capabilities are evolving and it is becoming a more confident practitioner that selects among an increasingly sophisticated range of policy options in economic statecraft. As China continues to deepen integration with the global economy, coercive levers derived from asymmetric interdependence will likely proliferate.
Keywords Asymmetric interdependence
Case studies
Coercive force
East china sea
Economic statecraft
International relations
Political science
Rare earth elements
Rare earths
Senkaku islands

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 96A - Domestic Commerce, Marketing, & Economics
92C - Social Concerns
99D - Basic & Synthetic Chemistry
Corporate Author Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA.
Document Type Thesis
Title Note Master's thesis.
NTIS Issue Number 1225
Contract Number N/A

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