Taking Chinese IR Scholars Seriously

  • Huiyun FengEmail author
  • Kai He
  • Xiaojun Li


In this chapter, we first discuss the existing research on China’s public opinion and foreign policy and suggest that the general, public-targeted survey research faces three analytical weaknesses. We then introduce our unique “opinion survey and textual analysis” approach, which integrates survey research techniques and traditional textual analyses of Chinese international relations (IR) scholars’ writings. We argue that our book makes two contributions to the study of China’s international relations. On one hand, we fill an intellectual gap in the study of Chinese IR scholars’ perceptions of international relations in the 2010s through a unique analytical approach integrating opinion surveys and textual analysis. On the other hand, through the eyes of Chinese IR scholars, we make sense of what Chinese policy makers may think about the world.


Chinese IR scholars Chinese foreign policy Survey research Textual analysis 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Government and International RelationsGriffith UniversityQueenslandAustralia
  2. 2.Griffith Asia InstituteGriffith UniversityQueenslandAustralia
  3. 3.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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