The domestic sources of China’s more assertive foreign policy
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- Zhang, J. Int Polit (2014) 51: 390. doi:10.1057/ip.2014.11
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China’s more assertive policy in the East and South East Asia region since 2008 has been explained either in terms of its rising power, a belief that the United States is in decline, or even the complexities of the Chinese state’s bureaucratic political structures. This article suggests another explanation – namely that China’s more assertive strategy is an attempt to shore up legitimacy at home at a time of increasing domestic stress.