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The Stabilizing Function of Chinese Nationalism: Conclusion

  • Simon Shen

Abstract

In July 2005, after London had endured two days of terrorist attacks on its transport system, Tony Blair proposed tightening the British law to guard against potential terrorist threats. According to the draft of his act, anyone expressing support for terrorists, such as a little-known Muslim cleric Abu Qatada (who was alleged to have Al-Qaeda connections), would be considered a terrorist and deported.2 There might be a few Abu Qatadas in China after future bombings. But there will probably be few ‘Chinese Qatadas [sic]’ assuming the role of executioner, as the real Qatada was alleged to have done. However, if a Chinese person were to express joy after the London attack, as some Chinese had done after 9/11, would he or she also be deported? Would the media depict his nation as a potential sponsor of terrorism, or a growth environment for xenophobic nationalism? To extrapolate, does this imply any alliance between the ‘Islamic’ and ‘Sinic’ civilizations as groundlessly prophesied by Huntington?

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Ordinary Citizen Chinese Foreign Policy Negative Liberty Escape Clause Taiwan Issue 
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