The 2017 Mapping China Journal (MCJ)

Processes of Integration and Disintegration between China and Africa, Asia and the EU

The 2017 MCJ is focusing on “Processes of Integration and Disintegration between China and Africa, Asia and the EU”. Both formal and informal processes of integration and disintegration will be analyzed by a diverse body of authors. In a total of four Call for Papers published in the years 2016 and 2017, students were asked to hand in their original work on “Integration and Disintegration in Asia: Mapping Domestic and Regional Challenges for China”, ” Maturing Relations between China and Africa: What’s special in the “special relationship”?”, “Changing Dynamics between a Fragmented EU and China’s Rise as Rule-shaper in Global Politics” and “The Impact of the Belt and Road Initiative on Africa, Asia and the EU”. The MCJ will be comprised of the best submissions– in the form of research papers, essays and short essays –  from the Call for Papers. To ensure high quality all chosen articles will be edited in a double blind peer review.

In a world where old certainties have become unsure, China is increasingly searching for a place for itself. Though China remains a new comer on the international stage, almost 40 years of engagement with the outside world under the leadership of the Communist Party of China – and in some cases in Africa and Asia that period of engagement dates back much longer – have started to generate change both within the global power structures as well as Chinese perceptions of its own leadership. While some claim that China has become assertive – for example in the South China Sea, or that China is building up a parallel institutional structure – for example by founding the AIIB, others claim that China is still far away from being a responsible stakeholder in the international system which is proofed by China’s more than mixed record in the case of Sudan. The MCJ is therefore combining different perspectives on three different continents and their lessons about how and what China is projecting – and how China’s engagement in Africa, Asia and the EU is perceived by people in the three continents. The 2017 MCJ therefore sees itself as an interdisciplinary journal combining China studies as well as other area studies and political science to answer some of the most important questions surrounding China’s rise – will we experience a disintegration of our current international system or a deepening integration of the world and what role will China play in the future?