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Chinese National Identity and Foreign Policy: Linkages Between the Two

  • Gilbert Rozman
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Abstract

Think tanks in communist-led, authoritarian states serve a dual role: they are sources of information and policy recommendations for the leadership; and they are transmission belts for spreading the desired national identity to the public. At times they fill a third role by defying top-down controls and stimulating debate that casts doubt on the national identity rhetoric desired by the leadership. In the Soviet Union despite tight censorship and harsh organizational controls this third role expanded in the two decades leading to Mikhail Gorbachev’s “new thinking.” Is China following a similar path of think tank “mezhdunarodniki” (internationalists) absorbing views in the international community, challenging propaganda enforcers, and reshaping the thinking of both a critical group of leaders and a sizable segment of the public?

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Foreign Policy National Identity Soft Power Chinese Writing Islamic State 
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