International Politics

, Volume 51, Issue 3, pp 390–397 | Cite as

The domestic sources of China’s more assertive foreign policy

  • Jian Zhang
Original Article


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.


Xi Jinping peaceful rise China’s economic problems nationalism 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jian Zhang
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  1. 1.School of Government, Peking UniversityBeijingChina

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