Negotiating with the dragon: The people's Republic of China and international dispute settlement duration

Scott Sigmund Gartner, Aimee A. Tannehill

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How can the People's Republic of China simultaneously be among the world's most belligerent major powers and have one of the fastest growing economies? We suggest that China's complex conflict management behavior helps it balance against these apparently conflicting forces. Using both quantitative and qualitative analyses, we show that China is no more likely than other states to reach an agreement when involved as a disputant in an international conflict management effort. However, these same analyses suggest that agreements that involve China as a disputant are more likely to last longer than those between other states. In particular, compared to agreements involving other disputants, China's international dispute settlements are much more likely to last eight weeks or more - a duration found to be critical for long term conflict management success. Understanding the complexity of China, its willingness to engage in conflict and cooperation, helps to untangle the enigma poised by China's economic ascent and dispute behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)69-99
Number of pages31
JournalTamkang Journal of International Affairs
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business and International Management
  • Education
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Strategy and Management


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