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ISSN 1006-9550 CN 11-1343/F
12 issues per year
Discipline(s): Politics, Law & Military; Economics & Finance
Current Issue: Issue 12, 2016
World Economics and Politics is supervised by Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and sponsored by Institute of World Economics and Politics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. It was launched in 1979, is a flagship in the domain of international relations research in China, aiming to combine international politics and world economy, theory and practice, domestic and international issues. The journal focuses on the comprehensive, forward-looking and innovative topics which are closely related to hot issues. Articles published mainly attach to groundbreaking scientific research from all fields of economics and international politics, particularly those with an emphasis on the overall analysis of global changes and characteristics. The journal is included in CSSCI.
The UN Economic Commission for Asia and the Far East Asia (ECAFE) was founded in the early days after the Second World War as the first regional economic commission affiliated with the UN Economic and Social Council. It was also the only regional intergovernmental organization focusing on the whole Asian regional economic cooperation and development before 1966. During this period, with the support of the United Nations organizations and joint efforts of Asian members, ECAFE gradually realized “Asianization” in aspects such as its geographic scope, membership, issue areas, organizational autonomy and normative framework, and had been playing the central “leader” role continuously in the process of Asian regional cooperation practice. In fact, it played a “pioneering” role in the earliest Asian regional cooperation initiative advocated, implementation of the joint action, and design of regional institutional arrangements, construction of regional norms framework. Empirically, it formulated a series of research and investigation reports, economic brief reports, and major cooperation initiatives, and launched a series of regional meetings, regional planning and regional mechanisms aimed at promoting Asian regional economic cooperation and national economic and social development, and regional joint action. Normatively, through the functional issues orientation, emphasis on regional autonomy, principle of equality and mutual respect, following non-interventionism and consultation, consensus decision-making procedures, adhering to the bilateral cooperation within the multilateral framework, and the Pan-Asianism spirit and so on, it promoted the formation of a series of regional “shared norms” and initial creation of the unique regional cooperation “Asian way.” Therefore, both empirically and normatively, ECAFE is the real origin of Asian regional cooperation practice after the Second World War.
?Defense to Yi’s minor ethnical groups and communication to alien countries: objects and countermeasures for Sheji’s security notion
As a newly formulated notion, the concept “national security” incapacitates in accurately deciphering dangers in Chinese dynasties. We have thence nominated the associated term of Sheji’s Security regarding the political society of isomorphism of family and state as well as the ethnical regulation of Sangangwuchang. Specifically the objects of Sheji’s Security would attribute to two entities as Siyi and Alien countries. The word Siyi might refer to the minor ethnical groups akin to Chinese highly inhabited in compact communities in territories of China, but they shared no common features in culture and political identification while they were able to alter themselves on mutual sides. Alien countries were thoroughly different to China both to physical and sensible extension. In response, the Defense to Yi and Communication to Alien Countries vary to respective incentives in four phrases of ancient China’s history. In general, this policy constituted of both conservative security notion and more inspiring thoughts. Defense to minor ethnical groups pursues the integrity of territory as well as the stability around China via the military force. It is somehow defensive. Communication to Alien Countries is fundamental to the establishment of the ancient tributary system. Cultural, political as well as economic aids play a more important role in this scope. Thus, clarification to those details would help improve the contemporary comprehension to China’s choice to neighboring diplomacy．
Uncertainty, risk management and trust decision-making: a study based on Sino-U.S. strategic relations
Trust is a conundrum in the research on international relations. International trust building can be understood as an issue of trust decision-making under the condition of international politics. To manage the uncertainty and its risk, which is the core in trust decision-making, is crucial for understanding relevant behaviors. After reviewing recent studies on trust, this paper proposed a synthetic perspective on trust decision-making, in which the rational choice path and social psychological path were synthesized by the guidance of analytic eclecticism. Conditioned by international anarchy, states, in order to effectively manage risk, have to clarify the “trust threshold,” which consists of trust demands, trust guarantee and trust adjustment. Trust threshold is essentially an issue of assessment based on rationality. However, besides practical strategic interests as the basis, the objects that states assess also include the trustworthiness defined by irrational factors, such as social interactions, ideologies and cultural traditions. The proceedings of Sino-U.S. strategic interactions typically elaborates the complicated risk combinations posed by the above-mentioned elements and their challenges towards trust decision-making in the specific situation consisted of different international structures and contrast relations of national strength. Based on the past experiences, the writer put forward the trust building path taking the strengthening of Sino-U.S. trust demands as the focus in the face of the increasing Sino-U.S. strategic distrust.
The transformation of common political themes of the third world and its impact on the world politics
The third world countries have formed the common political themes because of the same structural position in the modern world system. Moreover, the political themes have experienced two transitions since the Second World War. The first was from state-building to democratization, and the second was from democratization to national governance. The transformation of the political themes was a direct result of the domestic conflicts; however, its root lied in the compatible or conflicting relationship between establishing political order and accomplishing economic development, which are decided by the modern world system. The transformation of political themes has brought critical impact on the world politics which could be analyzed from the third world, the Western core countries, the international structure and the global hegemony, we find that the first transition has consolidated the core position of the Western countries, but the second transition have changed the relation between the third world and the Western world, and it has promoted the formation of new international structure and the transformation of the world politics. The causality between the third world and the world politics implies that the third world is not an outdated conception, and it still has important academic value and practical significance in contemporary world.