This article explores a recent tendency in the official Chinese discourse on nationalism—the government more actively employs Chinese achievements in science and technology to boost national pride and regime legitimacy. This “techno-turn” focuses on China’s construction of megaprojects, its active role in international techno-economic business, and its development of cutting-edge scientific research and technologies. This transition in the official discourse on nationalism contains several rationales along material, policy, and ideological dimensions, and uses sophisticated propaganda tactics. It also faces constraints and challenges—some derived from conflicts with reality, and others derived from internal logical imbalances. The turn marks a new stage in the development of contemporary Chinese nationalism, in which official nationalism absorbs elements from popular nationalism. This ideological transition may influence both Chinese domestic and international politics—it may lead to China’s more confident engagement in international affairs, but may also generate uncertainties in relations between China and the West.
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Research Article| December 01 2020
The “Techno-Turn” of China’s Official Discourse on Nationalism
China University of Petroleum, Beijing, People’s Republic of China
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Communist and Post-Communist Studies (2020) 53 (4): 220–239.
Xiaoguang Wang; The “Techno-Turn” of China’s Official Discourse on Nationalism. Communist and Post-Communist Studies 1 December 2020; 53 (4): 220–239. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/j.postcomstud.2020.53.4.220
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