Building China’s State Identity: Interests, Institutions, and Conflicts

  • Dominik Mierzejewski
  • Bartosz Kowalski
Part of the Global Political Transitions book series (GLPOTR)


This chapter on China’s identity as a state, discusses factors that are key to building statehood: borders, defining interests, institutions, and territorial issues. From the above-mentioned perspective, this part answers the question regarding the contextualization of forming China’s state identity, as well as discussing the importance of building a nation-state in China as a precondition for being treated as an equal in the family of nations. The chapter begins by introducing and discussing the Chinese understanding of identity, shaping its domestic borders, building its independent and equal position in international society, and the issue of national interests. The second part covers the importance of creating institutions through the formation of a nation-state and nurturing the Chinese people’s affiliation to the state. From this perspective, the Libya crisis is perceived as the key point in the maturing of China’s institutions. The last part of the chapter examines the importance of borders in the nation’s conception of statehood.


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  • Dominik Mierzejewski
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  • Bartosz Kowalski
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Int’l & Political StudiesUniversity of Łódź Faculty of Int’l & Political StudiesŁódźPoland

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