Diplomatic Control, Foreign Policy, and Change under Xi Jinping: A Field-Theoretic Account

  title={Diplomatic Control, Foreign Policy, and Change under Xi Jinping: A Field-Theoretic Account},
  author={Dylan M H Loh},
  journal={Journal of Current Chinese Affairs},
  pages={111 - 145}
  • Dylan M H Loh
  • Published 1 December 2018
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Current Chinese Affairs
This article outlines how Xi Jinping has exercised control over diplomatic actors, particularly China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and draws out the effects of this control for the ministry and for Chinese foreign policy. Leveraging Bourdieu's (1984) concept of “field,” I demonstrate how Xi has – through processes of socialisation, restriction, and displays of fealty – bred local diplomatic field incentives in which actors exhibit more loyal, assertive, and disciplined behaviour. Next, I… 
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