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China’s regionalising normative influence in Asia and Europe

Research at Prague University of Economics and Business

This project aims to use the concept of normative power to analyse China’s regionalising foreign policy under the umbrella of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), specifically in five regions of Asia and Europe: Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), Central Asia, the Middle East, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. Norm-setting attempts to shape relations with other states take the form of introducing regional platforms for cooperation. These regional cooperation platforms are intended to encourage forming a ‘community of practice’ through the recognition and renegotiation of practices introduced by China. However, the degree to which regional actors accept practices and norms introduced by China is likely to vary across regions, necessitating comparative analysis to draw out the similarities and differences.


Department of International and Diplomatic Studies (Jan Masaryk Centre for International Studies), Prague University of Economics and Business

Team leader & members

  • doc. Jeremy Alan Garlick, M.A., PhD (team leader)
  • Gaziza Shakhanova, PhD
  • Fangxing Qin
  • Siyang Liu
  • Hana Burešová

Selected publications

LIU, Siyang, GARLICK, Jeremy Alan, QIN, Fangxing. Towards Guanxi? Reconciling the “Relational Turn” in Western and Chinese International Relations Scholarship. All Azimuth [online]. 2022, roč. 11, č. 1, s. 67–85. eISSN 2757-9026. ISSN 2146-7757. DOI: 10.20991/allazimuth.952841.

GARLICK, Jeremy Alan. Reconfiguring the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. Geo-Economic Pipe Dreams Versus Geopolitical Realities [online]. 1. vyd. Abingdon, New York : Routledge, 2022. 123 s. ISBN 978-0-367-86321-0. eISBN 978-1-032-15186-1 (pbk). DOI: 10.4324/9781003018377.

SHAKHANOVA, Gaziza, GARLICK, Jeremy Alan. China’s Faltering Normative Power Drive in Kazakhstan. In: China’s Belt and Road Initiative. Strategic and Economic Impacts on Central Asia, Southeast Asia, and Central Eastern Europe [online]. London and New York: Routledge, 2021, s. 84–102. 234 s. ISBN 978-0-367-51590-4. eISBN 978-1-003-05459-7. Available at: https://www.routledge.com/Chinas-Belt-and-Road-Initiative-Strategic-and-Economic-Impacts-on/Gerstl-Wallenbock/p/book/9780367515904.


Prague University of Economics and Business (VŠE)
Faculty of International Relations
Department of International and Diplomatic Studies
doc. Jeremy Alan Garlick, M.A., Ph.D.

More information

GAČR project: “China’s regionalising normative influence in Asia and Europe”

We are interested in motivated postgraduate students interested in political economy, a transformation of the international political, security and legal environment in response to current challenges, new strategies in international business and strategic and operational management of business processes in the international environment.

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