China and Nationalism

In a new article available at the publisher’s website, Qin Pang of the School of International Relations at Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangdong, China and Nicholas Thomas of the Department of Asian and International Studies, City University of Hong Kong, examine some Chinese attitudes regarding nationalism and other nations.

Chinese Nationalism and Trust in East Asia” (DOI: 10.1080/00472336.2017.1322627) is an original contribution, based on surveys of university students.

The abstract states:

China’s rise has been accompanied by a rise in nationalism. But what are the characteristics of this nationalism now being witnessed? Does it support China’s constructive engagement with the international order, or does it seek to assert China’s supremacy? These questions lie at the hub of a rapidly expanding secondary literature on the emergence of nationalism in China and its impact on China’s foreign relations. What is, however, absent from the academic discourse is the voice of the Chinese people themselves. What are their perceptions of the nation-state, and how do these beliefs shape their views of China’s relationship with East Asia? To address this gap, we conducted a series of large-scale surveys in Beijing between 2011 and 2013 on the twinned topics of domestic nationalism and international relations. Our findings, as reported below, represent an initial attempt to answer this final and, arguably, most critical set of questions.

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