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Structural Power, the Copenhagen School and Threats to Chinese Security

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 January 2014

Jeffrey Reeves*
Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, Hawai‘i. Email:


This article engages with current debates surrounding China's security by employing the concept of structural power and the Copenhagen School approach to security studies to measure threats to China's security. Building on existing Chinese and English language research on China's security drivers, the article develops a mechanism for determining how China's economic relations with small states in Asia negatively affect their domestic stability and how this instability then loops back to undermine China's strategic position. The article uses China's relations with Cambodia, Nepal and Mongolia as case studies.

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