Saving Face

Peter Hays Gries

in China's New Nationalism

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2004 | ISBN: 9780520232976
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520931947 | DOI:
Saving Face

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This chapter focuses on the reaction of Chinese nationalists to the bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade, Serbia, in May 1999 by an American B-2 bomber. It explains that most Chinese people considered the bombing as having had hostile intent, and they launched demonstrations and protests in various parts of the world. Back in China, nationalists were also busy, and even firebombed the American consul's residence in Chengdu. The chapter suggests that the universal desire to save face is not necessarily a source of conflict, and that such a desire can even promote peaceful diplomacy.

Keywords: Chinese embassy; bombing; Chinese nationalists; Belgrade; Serbia; demonstrations; protests; diplomacy; hostile intent

Chapter.  6452 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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