The Rise of China as a Hegemonic Power: The Case for a Partial Peaceful Rise

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


China’s rise is a significant concern for international security. It is essential to under-stand the trajectory of China’s rise in order to determine world safety and prosperity measures in a period of great uncertainty. This study provides an overview of the two main possible security consequences of China’s rise, that is, a peaceful rise and a warlike rise, by surveying arguments found in literature regarding both aspects. The research extends beyond the often-made binary argument of “peaceful rise versus non-peaceful rise” since aspects of both arguments can explain the country’s rise. This research offers a nuanced assessment of China’s rise by positing a partial peaceful rise explanation whereby China seeks a non-confrontational way of asserting itself globally vis-a-vis the United States, while at the same time, modernizing and expanding its military capabilities in preparation for any eventualities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187-208
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Regional Security
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • China’s rise
  • Sino-US relations
  • international security
  • partial peaceful rise
  • power transition theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Safety Research
  • Political Science and International Relations


Dive into the research topics of 'The Rise of China as a Hegemonic Power: The Case for a Partial Peaceful Rise'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this