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Assertive Nationalism and China's Core Interests

Wenting (Florence) Yang and Suisheng Suisheng (Sam) Zhao

in Chinese Studies

ISBN: 9780199920082
Published online May 2017 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780199920082-0143
Assertive Nationalism and China's Core Interests

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After 2008, many scholars noticed that Beijing became more willing to respond to popular nationalist calls in pursuing the so-called core national interest and to adopting tougher measures in maritime territorial disputes with its Asian neighbors. Scholars pointed out that the main reason is that pursuing core interest became the common goal of state nationalism and popular nationalism. The characteristics of the studies on Chinese nationalism in the field of political science and area studies is that the scholars tend to be more interested in the transformation of Chinese nationalism and its impact on Chinese foreign policy, instead of adopting general theory on nationalism or analyzing the substance of Chinese nationalism and how it differs from other states. In this bibliography, the authors first trace the studies on Chinese nationalism to see how these works reflect the actual development of Chinese nationalism. Second, it introduces the recent trend of studies on assertive nationalism. The third section introduces scholars’ works that focus on how China defines and pursues its core interests and how assertive nationalism brought impacts to the territorial dispute. In the last section, the authors focus on those works that link Chinese assertive nationalism to China’s foreign policy toward the United States and Japan.

Article.  8635 words. 

Subjects: East Asian Studies ; Asian History ; East Asian Philosophy ; East Asian Religions

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