Asian Journal of PEACEBUILDING

Volume 4 Number 1 (May 2016)

Table of Contents

Research Article

Geopolitics or Geobody Politics? Understanding the Rise of China and Its Actions in the South China Sea

Hiroaki Ataka , pp. 77-95
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The “rise of China,” especially within U.S. academic and policy circles, has been increasingly analyzed through a geopolitical lens. Yet geopolitics alone cannot account for the complex political mobilization of historical memory and how it frames any discussion of peace and cooperation in the region. Drawing on the concept of geobody, or how space and people are connected in a biopolitical manner, this article examines how the territorial disputes in the South China Sea are remaking the identity and interests of China. It develops an alternative theoretical understanding of China’s rise that focuses on identity (or geobody) politics, and explores the risks involved in a further escalation of tensions for peace and cooperation in the area, and in East Asia more generally.
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