China’s Use of Economic Statecraft as Foreign Policy Tool: A Case Study of Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands (in Thai)

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Chindanai Theeraphanphichet


This article aims to present China’s use of economic statecraft as foreign policy tool. This article questions that how China use of economic statecraft as foreign policy tool for interest or for strategy and how this tool affects by demonstrates China use of economic statecraft to develops herself as peaceful rising at the beginning. After that, this development cause China to become economic power and economic contributor that cause other nations to dependent on China. But China also uses economic statecraft as foreign policy tool in bilateral dispute when China holds asymmetrical interdependence. This article uses Japan as a case study and indicates that Japan’s economy depends on China’s rare-earth elements (REE). This asymmetrical interdependence cause China to use economic statecraft as foreign policy tool in Senkaku/Diaoyu islands dispute to coerce Japan to admit China’s claim. So, economic interdependence with China is “carrots” and “sticks” that interdependence state must be careful. However, China’s use of economic statecraft as foreign policy tool in bilateral dispute does not clearly succeed. The use of this tool not only provides negative attitude in Japan but also appear dilemma between China’s threat and China’s peaceful rising.

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Theeraphanphichet, C. . (2019). China’s Use of Economic Statecraft as Foreign Policy Tool: A Case Study of Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands (in Thai). Connexion: Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, 8(1), 299–344. Retrieved from
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