China's Political Worldview and Chinese Exceptionalism
China's Political Worldview and Chinese Exceptionalism
International Order and Global Leadership
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Introduction. The Rise of China: Political Worldview and Chinese Exceptionalism
Chapter 2. Chinese political worldview: IR with Chinese characteristics
Chapter 3. Who is China: A Remaking of National Identity
Chapter 4. Chinese national image and global leadership
Chapter 5. The Belt and Road and the Path to Chinese Greatness
Chapter 6. Perceiving China (Case studies from Indonesia and Vietnam)
Chapter 7. Deciphering China (Views from Singapore)
Chapter 8. Conclusion: From Chinese exceptionalism to Chinese universality
Chapter 9. Afterword: Covid-19 and the limits of Chinese exceptionalism

Reviews and Features

"China’s Political Worldview and Chinese Exceptionalism is a comprehensive analysis of the components and drivers of the narrative of Chinese exceptionalism, additionally exploring how this narrative is perceived in Asia. Overall, this book is a worthy contribution to debates on the implications of China’s rise for international order."
- Zerrin Torun, Europe-Asia Studies, Vol. 74, Iss. 10

China’s Political Worldview and Chinese Exceptionalism succeeds in directing our attention to the role that exceptionalism plays in China’s global affairs and will appeal to a wide range of readers. China scholars will appreciate this authoritative study on Chinese exceptionalism in the age of Xi Jinping, a phenomenon which will likely be ever more present in the years ahead. IR theorists, particularly constructivists, will welcome the nuanced way that ideas and worldviews are included as explanatory variables in China’s diplomacy.”
- Stephen Smith, The China Quarterly, Vol. 250

Benjamin Ho

China's Political Worldview and Chinese Exceptionalism

International Order and Global Leadership

China's Political Worldview and Chinese Exceptionalism: International Order and Global Leadership uses the notion of "Chinese exceptionalism" as a framework to analyze China's international politics and foreign policy. This book argues that China's approach to international relations is best understood in the context of these claims to exceptionalism and China's broader political world view. In doing so, it fosters a more comprehensive understanding of China's actions within the realms of foreign policy and international politics, and in the context of the preferred world order, norms and rules that the country seeks to promote.

Benjamin Ho

Benjamin Tze Ern Ho is Assistant Professor at the China Programme, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. His research focus includes the study of China’s international relations, with an emphasis on Chinese political worldview and exceptionalism thinking. Other research interests include security multilateralism in the Asia Pacific region with a focus on regional institutions and fora, national security (intelligence), the sociology of religion and public theology (Christianity).