China’s Rise and its Discursive Power Strategy

  title={China’s Rise and its Discursive Power Strategy},
  author={Kejin Zhao},
  journal={Chinese Political Science Review},
  pages={539 - 564}
  • Kejin Zhao
  • Published 2016
  • Political Science
  • Chinese Political Science Review
It is increasingly evident that China has attached more attention to discursive power in foreign policy since the early 21st century. Both top leaders and government agencies have been active in advocating for a new discourse on various international occasions. Previously, China has been reluctant to join the debate in international affairs, and been instead preoccupied with domestic affairs since the late 1970s. The situation has changed since 2009 because of China’s rapid rise to become the… Expand
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