China’s Apology Diplomacy

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:
China’s Apology Diplomacy

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This chapter discusses Chinese nationalism and China's apology diplomacy. It considers Sino-Japanese relations, and suggests that many contemporary Chinese confront their perceived humiliation at Japanese hands alternately with self-criticism and with anger at their rival. The chapter highlights Western scholars' criticism on the elites' use of nationalism to bolster their legitimacy and their dismissal of emotions as irrelevant to nationalist politics.

Keywords: Chinese nationalism; apology diplomacy; Sino-Japanese relations; self-criticism; anger; dismissal of emotions; nationalist politics

Chapter.  10914 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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