The PRC's strategic culture and its effects on alliance relationships

July 13 2023

As the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has risen to great power status, its international representation has also shifted. From being viewed as having the potential to be a ‘responsible great power’, it is now characterised by the United States as a strategic threat. This has led to a number of states, particularly US allies in the Indo-Pacific, becoming concerned as to how they should understand both the PRC's objectives and the means it will employ to achieve its goals.

What forms the strategic culture of the PRC? How does this strategic culture inform US alliance relationships in the Indo-Pacific?  What are the implications for the foreign policy practice of countries such as Australia?

The Australia-China Relations Institute at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS:ACRI) in partnership with the UTS Asia Pacific Research Group hosted a seminar with Dr Catherine Jones, lecturer in international relations at the University of St Andrews, to discuss these questions and more.

Time: 12.30pm - 1.30pm AEST


transcript of the event is available.


About the speaker:

Catherine Jones

Dr Catherine Jones started working at St Andrews in September 2018 teaching and researching issues of security and development in East Asia. In June 2021 she was awarded Senior fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).

She has presented, published and disseminated research around the world. She has been a visiting researcher at the Weatherhead Institute, University of Columbia (Sept-Dec 2017), RSIS at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and the Balsilie School at the University of Waterloo. She held a Korea Foundation research grant with Sarah Teitt and visited at the APR2P centre at the University of Queensland. From 2012-2018, She was a research fellow in East Asia at the University of Warwick and completed her PhD at the University of Reading within the Leverhulme Major research project The Liberal Way of War.

Her current research explores three themes: 1) the nexus between security and development in East Asia (with a particular interest in Southeast Asia), 2) The role of East Asian states within international institutions (for example China's actions in the UN) and 3) The security challenges presented by North Korea.

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Event Information
July 13 2023
12:30 PM
Australia-China Relations Institute
Level 18, UTS Tower Building
15 Broadway, Ultimo
Sydney NSW 2007