The Assertive China Narrative: Why It Is Wrong and How So Many Still Bought into It

@article{Jerdn2014TheAC,
  title={The Assertive China Narrative: Why It Is Wrong and How So Many Still Bought into It},
  author={Bj{\"o}rn Jerd{\'e}n},
  journal={The Chinese Journal of International Politics},
  year={2014},
  volume={7},
  pages={47-88}
}
  • Björn Jerdén
  • Published 2014
  • Political Science
  • The Chinese Journal of International Politics
Dissenting assaults on the conventional wisdom that China’s foreign policy became more ‘assertive’ in 2009–2010 have intensified. In this article I develop this revisionist critique in three ways. First, to make the most valid and cumulative assessment of the accuracy of the ‘assertive China narrative’ to date, I conceptualise its key empirical claim as a case of the general phenomenon of ‘foreign policy change’. Second, based on this framework, I present a range of new empirical evidence that… Expand

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