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Transitions in order are not only products of transitions in power, but also products of transitions in shared ideas. This seminar examines the role of shared ideas through the lens of China’s involvement in shaping the transition to a post-World War II economic order at Bretton Woods. Drawing on new Chinese-language archival materials, the seminar focuses on how and with what success China sought to shape global ideas about three interlocking strands of thinking at Bretton Woods: development, the role of the state in the domestic economy, and managed multilateralism. The seminar examines three areas: the content of Chinese ideas; the mechanisms used to persuade international audiences about the efficacy and legitimacy of those ideas; and whether global inequalities in power shaped their content and reception. In analysing the ideas of a leading, non-Western state at a moment of great transition in the global economic order, this seminar deepens our understanding about the legacy of China’s post-war order-shaping role for East Asia’s contemporary order transition.
Dr Amy King is Senior Lecturer, ARC DECRA Fellow, and Westpac Research Fellow in the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre (SDSC), Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, at the ANU. Amy has a particular expertise in Chinese foreign and security policy, China-Japan relations, and the economics-security nexus in the Asia-Pacific region. Her DECRA Fellowship investigates China’s role in shaping the post-WWII international economic order, through the lens of the Bretton Woods and Bandung conferences, held between 1944 and 1955.