The Role of Chinese Corporate Players in China's South China Sea Policy

The Role of Chinese Corporate Players in China's South China Sea Policy <p>Abstract:</p><p>The growing pluralization of Chinese society has made China&apos;s foreign policy decision-making more complicated. As a result, traditional state-centric approaches to analysing China&apos;s foreign relations may no longer be adequate. A nuanced understanding requires attention to new actors in the formulation and conduct of the country&apos;s foreign affairs, including central state-owned enterprises (CSOEs). This article explores the increasingly important role played by Chinese CSOEs in Beijing&apos;s policy towards the South China Sea. It hypothesizes that although CSOEs are employed by the state as policy tools, they fulfil different roles in Beijing&apos;s South China Sea policy. Some CSOEs mobilize resources to influence state policy; some CSOEs proactively take advantage of state policy when opportunities arise; while other CSOEs are mostly policy takers. In the case of the last category, it is interesting to note that their activities are not just a demonstration of political subjugation to the state; they also combine state-directed political tasks with efforts to seek market opportunities. This article employs three case studies—tourism, energy extraction and infrastructure—to demonstrate how the roles of Chinese business actors vary in China&apos;s South China Sea policy.</p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Contemporary Southeast Asia: A Journal of International and Strategic Affairs Institute of Southeast Asian Studies

The Role of Chinese Corporate Players in China&apos;s South China Sea Policy

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Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
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1793-284X

Abstract

<p>Abstract:</p><p>The growing pluralization of Chinese society has made China&apos;s foreign policy decision-making more complicated. As a result, traditional state-centric approaches to analysing China&apos;s foreign relations may no longer be adequate. A nuanced understanding requires attention to new actors in the formulation and conduct of the country&apos;s foreign affairs, including central state-owned enterprises (CSOEs). This article explores the increasingly important role played by Chinese CSOEs in Beijing&apos;s policy towards the South China Sea. It hypothesizes that although CSOEs are employed by the state as policy tools, they fulfil different roles in Beijing&apos;s South China Sea policy. Some CSOEs mobilize resources to influence state policy; some CSOEs proactively take advantage of state policy when opportunities arise; while other CSOEs are mostly policy takers. In the case of the last category, it is interesting to note that their activities are not just a demonstration of political subjugation to the state; they also combine state-directed political tasks with efforts to seek market opportunities. This article employs three case studies—tourism, energy extraction and infrastructure—to demonstrate how the roles of Chinese business actors vary in China&apos;s South China Sea policy.</p>

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Contemporary Southeast Asia: A Journal of International and Strategic AffairsInstitute of Southeast Asian Studies

Published: Aug 27, 2018

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