This chapter builds the bridge between power transition theory and the “three in one” understanding of China’s international identities. By defining and redefining China’s identity, state, ideology, and culture have created a special set of social relationships between themselves and international society as a whole. The state identity shaped and exercised by territorial conflicts, the creation of institutions, and the definition of national interests allows China to be equal among nations. The second pillar of Chinese international identity―the narrative on justice and equality and materialism―has allowed China to gain support from the developing world. The third discussed identity is related to the country’s own cultural heritage. This traditional approach allows China to win the hearts and minds of people in the West. Through the above discussed approach, Chinese governments have secured China’s relatively peaceful transition to global power status.
KeywordsChina Power transition theory Constructivism Types of identity State Ideology Culture
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