Gregory Chin
Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and Faculty of Graduate Studies at York University; Senior Fellow of the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI); and an Associate Fellow of Chatham House




Gregory Chin of York University explores the unique sense of captivation surrounding China’s rise as a multilateral actor. In particular, Chin points to the highly contextual factors of dualistic power projection, ideological legacies, and economic linkages that separate China from its fellow emerging powers. Yet, for Chin, a cautious aura of sensitivity can be observed, as China continues to grapple with new obligations and burdens at the global level. China can thus be imagined as a moderate revisionist power, privileging pluralistic norms and a respect for sovereignty. For Chin, the UN represents the forum of greatest comfort for China, appearing not to restrict – at least comparatively – self-identification and alternative models of development. Chin also cautions that one must remain conscious of the vulnerabilities associated with China’s emergence, namely inequities, corruption, and environmental degradation. Yet, the comparative advantage afforded by the single-party state system may in fact foster unique policy responses.

Works by Greg Chin

  • Gregory Chin and Ramesh Thakur, “Will China Change the Rules of Global Order?” The Washington Quarterly, September 2010 (forthcoming).
  • Gregory Chin, “China’s Rising Institutional Influence”, in A. Alexandroff and A. Cooper (eds.), Rising States, Rising Institutions (Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press, 2010).
  • Gregory Chin, China’s Automotive Modernization: The Party-State and Multinational Corporations (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, IPE Series, 2010).
  • Gregory Chin and Wang Yong, “Debating the International Currency System: What’s in a Speech?”, China Security, 6(1), 2010.
  • Gregory Chin, “Reforming the WTO: China, the Doha Round and Beyond”, in A. Narlikar and B. Vickers (eds.), Leadership and Change in the Multilateral
  • Trading System (Leiden: Brill/Martinus Nijhoff Academic Publishers, 2009), pp.121-148.
  • Gregory Chin and Eric Helleiner, “China as a Creditor: A Rising Financial Power?”, Journal of International Affairs, Fall 2008, pp.87-102.

Other Resources

  • Debra Brautigam, The Dragon’s Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009).
  • Hongying Wang, “China and Global Governance”, Asian Perspective, 33(3), 2009, pp.5-39.
  • Scott Kennedy, “The Myth of the Beijing Consensus”, Journal of Contemporary China, 19(65), June 2010, pp.461-77.
  • Pang Zhongying, “China’s Soft Power”, presentation at Brookings Institution, October 23, 2007.
  • Brad Sester, “Creditor to the Rich”, China Security, 4(4), Autumn 2008, pp.16-23.
  • Wang Yong, “Domestic Demand and Continued Reform: China’s Search for a New Model”, Global Asia, 3(4), Winter 2008

Recorded on August 2010