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Foreign Affairs Review is supervised by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of PRC, and sponsored by China Foreign Affairs University. It was launched in 1984, aiming to locate its domain within looking at the world based on China and observing China from the perspective of global view, and take “big international relations” and “big diplomacy” as its main subjects. Its scope covers Chinese diplomacy, big power relations, regional and international order, as well as global governance with its distinctive features. Among the well-known Chinese journals in terms of bibliometric indicators, it has become one of the best journals in the field of international relations. Moreover, it also acts as the authorized journal for China National Association for International Studies (CNAIS). The journal is included in CSSCI.
Yin Jiwu, Beijing Foreign Studies University
Wang Fan, China Foreign Affairs University
Wang Yizhou, Peking University
David M. Lampton, The
Foreign Affairs Review,2020,Vol 37,No. 03
Why was Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) created when there were over ten international institutions already in the Mekong sub-region? Most researchers have paid attention to the geopolitical background of the initiative and institutional competition among great powers. This paper focuses on the new institutional features of the LMC. Compared with the existing international institutions such as the Greater Mekong Sub-region Economic Cooperation (GMS), the LMC has two new institutional features: wider issue scope and a higher level of centralization. Besides regional economic cooperation issues, the LMC also put regional security cooperation and water resources cooperation issues on its agenda. Meanwhile, the LMC is a leader-driven institution with various departments being participants and is working hard to build its independent international secretariat, whereas the GMS serves only as a functional department-led institution and uses the ADB as its secretariat. Applying the theory of rational design of international institutions, this paper argues that the increasingly prominent distribution problem and enforcement problem in the international cooperation in the Mekong sub-region has led to the establishment of the LMC with new institutional features.