I started my research of ancient Chinese political thought in 2005.At that time there was a debate in China about whether China should establish a Chinese theory of international relations.The reason is not because China is ‘nicer’ or the Chinese are ‘more civilized’ than others; rather, the main underlying factor is the destructive power of nuclear weapons.Nuclear weapons prevent nuclear powers from going to war against each other, because that would lead to the total destruction of the human species.The reason is—as I outline in the article just published in the Chinese Journal of International Politics [CJIP]—that ‘it’s a football game rather than a boxing match’ (read full article here).If we compare the Cold War competition between the United States and the Soviet Union to a boxing match, we might compare that between China and the United States to a game of football.Yan Xuetong is one of most-heard voices in field of IR in China.
Humane authority is based on both material power and political power.
As for hegemony, I think China should not behave like the US.
China should behave differently from the US, by providing a different type of international leadership for the world.
If a state is not capable of using these resources, it means it has no power.
In my book I argue that China should consider what kind of leadership we can provide to the world.