#30 – China’s Global Role 2.0 – Keeping a High Profile

event #30
November 06th,  2013

Prof. WANG Yizhou 王逸舟
Deputy Dean of the School of International Studies, Peking University


In his two recent books about the evolution of China’s global role, Wang Yizhou famously initiated the concept of creative involvement, calling on China to play a bigger role in international affairs to match its position as a great power. From 2008 onwards, China’s foreign policy climbed to “new heights” while shaping its image as a global power, and the emergence of this new phase brought about unprecedented opportunities and uncertainties to its international diplomacy, still in pressing need for reform. How will this constructive move on diplomacy contribute to the building of a Chinese cultural influence? Will this new option meet the growing demands of the international community? How could this creative involvement affect the definition of China’s own “core interests”? Prof. Wang Yizhou will present his thesis, drawing on some observations about the challenges of China’s new leadership.


Prof. WANG Yizhou 王逸舟, is Professor of international Politics and Chinese Foreign Affairs and Associate Dean in the School of International Studies (SIS), Peking University, since late 2009. He has been the Chief editor of the magazine, World Economics and Politics (monthly), from 1998 to 2008 and the Deputy Director of the Institute of World Economics and Politics (IWEP) of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) at Beijing between 1998 and 2009. Prof. WANG obtained his bachelor degree at Hubei University, in the city of Wuhan, China (1978-1982) and he received his MA and Ph.D. Degrees from the Graduate School of CASS, Beijing, 1982-1988.

His research interests include the role of China’s diplomacy in the development of global policy, comparative issues on Western and Chinese IR theories, trends of international institutions and laws. Among his publications: IR studies in the West: History and Theories (1998), Construction within Contradiction: Multiple perspectives on the relationship between China and International Organizations (2003), New Thinking of China’s Diplomacy (2007), Creative Involvement: New direction of China Diplomacy (2011) and Creative Involvement: Evolution of China’s Global Role (2013).


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