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Research project

Chu CCK Problematic Sovereignty on China's Periphery

  • Lead researcher:
  • Research funder:
    The Chiang Ching Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange
  • Status:
    Not active

Project overview

This interdisciplinary project aims to present the first comprehensive analysis of evolving sovereignty within three peripheral regions of China. Grounded in extensive field research, which includes over 210 interviews with key stakeholders rarely featured in mainstream studies, the study explores how and why certain aspects of sovereignty have changed in these polities. It sheds light on the intricate and contested nature of Chinese sovereignty in these areas. Going beyond the traditional boundaries of international relations (IR), area studies, and political geography, this project contributes to a nuanced understanding of Chinese politics and enriches sovereignty studies within the field of IR literature.

This project has received funding through two rounds of research grants from the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, as well as the University of Southampton's Annual Adventures in Research Award.

This work continues as Monique is in the process of completing several journal articles and a research monograph, titled 'Achilles Heel of the Dragon – Problematic Sovereignty along China’s Periphery.'


Lead researcher

Dr Ming-chin Monique Chu

Lecturer in Chinese Politics

Research interests

  • Globalization-security interconnections with reference to semiconductors;
  • Economic statecraft in the realm of semiconductors;
  • Theory and practice of sovereignty;
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Research outputs

Ming-Chin Monique Chu, 2017
Type: bookChapter