The rise of China

narratives in International Relations and civilizational differences with the West


  • David Garciandía Igal University of Oxford



China, Rise, International System, Global order


A new world emerges to the detriment of the unipolar world led so far by the United States. In this context, what the new global order will look like, due to China's growing influence in the international arena, is a major topic of discussion for internationalists. The debate is mainly based on two alternative standpoints: China will adapt itself to the international system or China will build a new one according to its own values and norms. The aim of this research is to trace the line between (1) the narratives and debates on China's rise, and (2) the civilizational differences between the Asian country and the West, thus providing a framework for identifying possible ways in which China could impact the international system.


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Biografia do Autor

David Garciandía Igal, University of Oxford

PhD student in International Law at the University of Oxford. He completed an MPhil in Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge, funded with a Ramón Areces full scholarship, and graduated in Laws (Valedictorian) and in Business Administration at the Public University of Navarre. His main research interests span China’s global politics and its relationship with the European Union, and the protection of human rights, especially freedom of religion. In addition, the author has founded an NGO and worked for the Permanent Mission of Spain to the United Nations in Vienna, as well as for several private companies. 


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GARCIANDÍA IGAL, D. The rise of China: narratives in International Relations and civilizational differences with the West. Brazilian Journal of International Relations, Marília, SP, v. 10, n. 2, p. 436–464, 2021. DOI: 10.36311/2237-7743.2021.v10n2.p436-464. Disponível em: Acesso em: 23 maio. 2024.