This research examines the role of local governments in China's foreign affairs. It depicts how local governments build frameworks at the local level to maintain and promote economic cooperation, even when bilateral relations at the national level become strained. This is demonstrated through an analysis of the efforts of Shandong and Liaoning provinces in the Pan Yellow Sea cooperation, despite ups and downs in Sino-Japanese relations, and their further impact on the initiation of the China-Japan-Korea FTA negotiation. The research challenges previous assumptions that local governments in China play a purely subordinate role in foreign affairs and argues that their role has been underestimated. Driven by their local interests, local governments in China may act independently from the central government's policy or strategy, shaping facts on the ground and influencing the central in a bottom-up manner. The study contributes to the understanding of China's complex and evolving foreign policy landscape by highlighting the critical role of local governments in shaping China's relations with foreign countries.
Jing Xie, Waseda University, Japan
About the Presenter(s)
Ms Jing Xie is a University Doctoral Student at Waseda University in Japan
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