The tendency for Chinese foreign policy elites to securitize culture in international relations by portraying it as a zone of intense contestation with other states suggests that China’s rise will be rocky. Some seek to defend China’s cultural autonomy from American hegemony, others, to establish Chinese domination over weaker states.
Securitizing Culture in Chinese Foreign Policy Debates: Implications for Interpreting China’s Rise
Daniel C. Lynch is Associate Professor of International Relations at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles; and a member of USC’s U.S.-China Institute. The author wishes to extend his gratitude to the Institute and USC's Center for International Studies for funding some of the research trips to China and Hong Kong that made this research possible. Helpful feedback resulted from presenting the research at several conferences, but the author wishes to single out Bill Callahan and an anonymous Asian Survey reviewer for their especially rich and detailed critiques of earlier drafts. Lynch's most recent book—Rising China and Asian Democratization—was published by Stanford University Press in 2006. His forthcoming book is entitled Conceptualizing the Chinese Trajectory: Economics, Communication, Politics, Identity, and Foreign Policy. Email: <email@example.com>.
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Daniel C. Lynch; Securitizing Culture in Chinese Foreign Policy Debates: Implications for Interpreting China’s Rise. Asian Survey 1 August 2013; 53 (4): 629–652. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/as.2013.53.4.629
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