Lecture: Will Pax Sinica Succeed a Receding Pax Americana?


Speaker: CHU Yun-han (朱云汉)

Host: CHEN Changwei (陈长伟)

Theme: Will Pax Sinica Succeed a Receding Pax Americana?

Date: April 18 (Wednesday), 2018

Time: 19:00–20:30

Location: Room B101, Second Gymnasium, Yenching Academy, Peking University

Language: English


The term of Pax Americana and that of Pax Sinica will be staggered. The handover will linger on for many years if not decades. Succession could be swift (but not friction-free) in some domains such as trade, investment, environment, energy, development assistance, and even basic science. Competition between US and China will remain furious and even precarious in the domains of security, defense-related technology, finance and the monetary, and culture and ideology. China’s leadership credential will soon supersede the United States among a great majority of the non-Western countries, with the notable exception of India, but not replace it fully. Many non-Western countries will get used to this parallel play. They might even welcome this as it implies broadening of option. 



Yun-han Chu is a Distinguished Research Fellow of the Institute of Political Science at Academia Sinica and a Professor of Political Science at Taiwan University. He serves concurrently President of the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange. Professor Chu received his PhD. in political science from the University of Minnesota. He is a world-renowned scholar of democratization and East Asian political economy and a pioneer in developing theories and methods for studying the consolidation of young democracies through survey research. He was elected Academician by Academia Sinica in 2012, the highest academic honor in Taiwan. He was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award by the University of Minnesotain 2014, the highest honor the university bestows upon its alumni. He also was elected Fellow of The World Academy of Science in 2016.

He is the founderand the director of Asian Barometer Survey, the first and foremost large-scale comparative survey on political values, citizen politics, regime legitimacy and quality of governance across Asia. The ABS covers 19 Asian countries and more than 50% of the world population. Prof. Chu is also a co-founder and Co-Chair of Global Barometers Surveys (GBS), which includes the Arab Barometer, Afrobarometer, Latino barometer, Eurasia Barometer and Arab Barometer and covers a total of 93 countries. The GBS has been recognized by the World Bank, UNDP, EU and other important international organizations for its original and authoritative indicators for assessing the popular support for democracy and quality of governance of emerging democracies and transitional societies around the world.

He currently serves on the editorial board of Journal of Democracy, China Journal, China Review, Journal of Contemporary China, International Studies Perspectives, and Journal of East Asian Studies. He is the author, co-author, editor or co-editor of seventeen books. Among his recent English publications are How East Asians View Democracy (Columbia University Press, 2008) Citizens, Elections and Parties in East Asia (Lynne Reinner, 2008), Dynamics of Local Governance in China During the Reform Era (Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc, 2010), Democracy in East Asia: A New Century (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013), and Handbook of Democratization in East Asia (Routledge, 2017).