Type: Seminar

Killing the Chickens, Scaring the Monkeys? Demonstration Effects from PRC Coercion and Its Limits


Ja Ian Chong, Associate Professor of Political Science at the National University of Singapore

Date & time

Jan 27, 2020, 11:30 am-1:00 pm EST


Ja Ian Chong will host a talk at the Ford School discussing his research on how China uses economic punishment to elicit desired behavior from other states. A common claim about PRC economic statecraft is that it aims to discourage states from engaging in behavior Beijing finds undesirable by visibly punishing third parties. However, there is limited evidence about how such third party punishment works, particularly when states are more or less sensitive to such indirect demonstration effects. This paper seeks to address this question by examining the cases of the United Kingdom, France, Malaysia, and Taiwan. We argue that states with experience of direct punishment tend to be more resistant to demonstrations of punishment toward third parties

About the Speaker:

Ja Ian Chong is an Associate Professor of political science at the National University of Singapore. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2008 and previously taught at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. His research covers the intersection of international and domestic politics, with a focus on the externalities of major power competition, nationalism, regional order and security, contentious politics, and state formation. He works on US-China relations, security and order in Northeast and Southeast Asia, cross-strait relations, and Taiwan politics.

To read more visit: https://harvard-yenching.org/scholars/chong-ja-ian