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.
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A translation and a video clip of Xi Jinping’s speech are available here: http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2009/02/xi-jinping-%E4%B9%A0%E8%BF%91%E5%B9%B3-on-foreigners-pointing-fingers-at-china-with-video/
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This article is based on a talk given at the LSE China Conference, Beijing, 15 August 2013.
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Zhang, J. The domestic sources of China’s more assertive foreign policy. Int Polit 51, 390–397 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1057/ip.2014.11
- Xi Jinping
- peaceful rise
- China’s economic problems