Journal Article - Quarterly Journal: International Security

Is China a Status Quo Power?

  • Alastair Iain Johnston
| Spring 2003


Many commentators wonder whether China is a status quo power that will continue to comply with regional and international norms or whether it is a revisionist power increasingly willing to challenge U.S. hegemony. Iain Johnston of Harvard University responds to the growing chorus of skeptics who contend that China is becoming a greater source of instability and offers evidence of Chinese behavior that, in some cases, suggests more status quo orientation. Johnston bases this conclusion on a set of indicators he uses to assess recent trends in China’s foreign policy.

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For Academic Citation: Johnston, Alastair Iain. Is China a Status Quo Power?.” Quarterly Journal: International Security, vol. 27. no. 4. (Spring 2003):

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