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Chinas Hydro-politics in the Mekong : Conflict and Cooperation in Light of Securitization Theory

Author: Sebastian Biba
Publisher: London : Taylor and Francis, 2018.
Series: Routledge Contemporary China Series
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"Chinas Hydro-politics in the Mekong explores the intricate processes of conflict and cooperation over the use of water resources in the Mekong river basin between upstream China and the downstream countries of Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam.?The book tackles two gaps in the empirical literature: first, the neglect of international hydro-politics as one specific and increasingly important issue area of Chinas  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Sebastian Biba
ISBN: 9781315148663 1315148668
OCLC Number: 1027757754
Description: 1 online resource : text file, PDF.
Contents: Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Table of Contents; List of Illustrations; Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction: China and water; Chinaâ#x80;#x99;s rise â#x80;Œ; â#x80;Œ and its neglected links to fresh water; Chinaâ#x80;#x99;s domestic water situation; Chinaâ#x80;#x99;s international rivers; The Mekong; Theoretical lenses: realism, institutionalism, and securitization theory; Structure of the book; Notes; References; 2. Securitization theory and Chinaâ#x80;#x99;s international hydro-politics; Introduction; Securitization theory â#x80;#x93; explaining the key concepts. Securitization and its â#x80;#x9C;derivativesâ#x80;#x9D; â#x80;#x93; Chinaâ#x80;#x99;s preferences and optionsSecuritization theory: making the co-existence of conflict and cooperation in Chinaâ#x80;#x99;s hydro-politics analytically tangible; Notes; References; 3. China and Southeast Asia; Introduction; Chinaâ#x80;#x99;s overall foreign policy goals; Chinaâ#x80;#x99;s relations with the Mekong downstream riparian countries; Chinaâ#x80;#x99;s relations with ASEAN; China and the US factor in Southeast Asia; The sum of Chinaâ#x80;#x99;s southeast diplomacy in early 2010; Notes; References; 4. China and the Mekong; Introduction; China and Mekong hydrology. China and Mekong governanceChina and Mekong mainstream dam building; China and Mekong rock blasting; The 2008 Mekong flooding; China â#x80;#x93; the potential Mekong upstream hegemon; Notes; References; 5. The spring 2010 Mekong crisis, part one: China faces criticism; Introduction; The spring 2010 record-low water levels in the lower Mekong and their impacts; Blaming the Chinese dams; Reactions from the MDRC governments and the MRC; Synopsis: setting the scene for Chinaâ#x80;#x99;s response; Interviews cited; Note; References; 6. The spring 2010 Mekong crisis, part two: China responds; Introduction. Phase One: China faces a severe droughtPhase Two: China rejects the blame on its dams; Phase Three: China turns to damage control; Phase Four: China works to prevent future blame; Synopsis: Chinaâ#x80;#x99;s spring 2010 Mekong crisis behavior; Bringing the larger context back in; Interviews cited; Notes; References; 7. Conclusion: Making sense of Chinaâ#x80;#x99;s (Mekong) hydro-politics; Lessons from the spring 2010 Mekong crisis for Chinaâ#x80;#x99;s Mekong hydro-politics; Chinaâ#x80;#x99;s performance in its other shared major rivers as a â#x80;#x9C;cooperation markerâ#x80;#x9D. Chinaâ#x80;#x99;s overall hydro-political record and inferences for the MekongStable contextual factors and the need for hydro-political change in the Mekong; From a reactive to a proactive Chinese Mekong hydro-politics?; Policy recommendations for Chinaâ#x80;#x99;s international hydro-politics; Interviews cited; References; Index.
Series Title: Routledge Contemporary China Series
Responsibility: Sebastian Biba.

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"Chinas Hydro-politics in the Mekong explores the intricate processes of conflict and cooperation over the use of water resources in the Mekong river basin between upstream China and the downstream countries of Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam.?The book tackles two gaps in the empirical literature: first, the neglect of international hydro-politics as one specific and increasingly important issue area of Chinas foreign policy behavior, especially its neighborhood diplomacy; and second, the disregard of Chinas role in Mekong River politics. In particular, this book scrutinizes the spring 2010 Mekong crisis and the events surrounding it which led to a series of complex multi-level, security-related interactions among various state and non-state actors in the region, with China at the center. Analyzing this crisis, the book not only employs securitization theory as its theoretical framework and adds a couple of innovations to this theory, but also gives a detailed account of Chinas hydro-political behavior in one specific and particularly revealing case study. Moreover, the book embeds Chinas Mekong hydro-politics in the bigger picture of its (sub- )regional international affairs, as the former does not take place in a vacuum, but rather is a part of Chinas overall foreign relations with its neighbors. The book acknowledges this link and provides new insights into the role of hydro-politics and its relationship vis-à-vis other issue areas of Chinas foreign policy.?"--Provided by publisher.

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