Mierzejewski, Dominik

Dominik Mierzejewski is the Chair of the Center for Asian Affairs (University based think-tank), Professor at the Department of Asian Studies at the Faculty of International and Political Studies, studies at the Shanghai International Studies University (1999-2000, 2003-2004), internship in the Heritage Foundation (2003), Jan Karski scholarship by the American Center of Polish Culture (2003), visiting professor in the Chinese Academy of Social Science granted by the Polish Foundation for Science (2010-2011), member of: European International Studies Association, European Association for Chinese Studies (board member 2008-2014) and vice editor in chief of “Azja-Pacyfik” (yearbook) and “Journal of Contemporary Eastern Asia” (Austria/South Korea) and “Sinologia Hispanica”. His research focuses on China’s political development, rhetoric of Chinese foreign policy and local governments involvement in China’s foreign policy. He publishes two monographs, and dozens of articles published e.g. in Singapore, United Kingdom and the Unites States.

Summary of Project:

The role of sub-national actors in China-ASEAN relations: structures, actions, and implications

The major goal of the project is to discuss and explore the role of sub-national actors in the relations between China and ASEAN. Due to the fact that Yunnan province together with Xinjiang AR and Heilongjiang were named by Hu Jintao (2006, 2009) as “bridgehead” has its peculiar role in China's policy towards the SEA. The first meaning of “qiaotoubao” is linked to the military term and is part of the neighboring diplomacy. The second, however, means that the region named as bridgehead is more about governing, managing the issue of minorities at the domestic level. Furthermore, the understanding of the local to local cooperation as the field for making the experiment and making the regional system of governance, and further global governance is explored. Secondly, the research tests the hypothesis whether the Chinese central government treats the local channel as the part of public diplomacy based on people to people relations. By this means Chinese government hopes to ease the tension over the China threat narrative and anti-Chinese sentiments, that are likely to appear at the moment.

The above-mentioned assumptions are tested by the close look at the Chinese narrative (discourse analysis) on cooperation with ASEAN from both central and local level with special focus on the cross-border cooperation and study visits to e.g. Yunnan’s Mohan-Laos Gringding Ding and Yunnan’s Ruili-Burma’s Muse Economic Cooperation Zone.


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