Chiung-Chiu Huang

Professor, Graduate Institute of East Asian Studies, National Chengchi University

Chiung-Chiu Huang is Professor of the Graduate Institute of East Asian Studies and Deputy Chair and Associate Researcher of the Institute of International Relations at National Chengchi University (NCCU) in Taiwan. She is also the vice-director of CSCAP Taiwan and the executive editor of Issues & Studies (Scopus journal). Professor Huang earned her PhD from Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver (2006-2012). From 2017 to 2018, she served as the director of the International Master’s Program in International Studies at NCCU. Professor Huang’s main research focus includes Chinese foreign policy, Southeast Asian international politics (especially Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar) and Sino-Mongolian relations. She has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals and edited books and is also the author of Harmonious Intervention: China’s Quest for Relational Security (2014). Her recent co-authored books include China and International Theory: The Balance of Relationships (2019) and The Strategic Options of Middle Powers in the Asia Pacific (2022).

China's President Xi Jinping and China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi attend the G20 Summit in Nusa Dua on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on 16 November 2022. (Willy Kurniawan/AFP)

China's 'international united front' diplomacy: When staying neutral means a win for China

Taiwanese academic Chiung-Chiu Huang explains the concept of China’s “international united front” strategy which remains a guiding principle today. By using this softly-softly approach that seeks common ground and low-hanging fruit, China has managed its relations with countries it deems not outrightly hostile. In doing so, it may not win friends, but it may at least make fewer enemies.