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Title: A responsible great power : the anatomy of China's proclaimed identity
Author: Hoo, Tiang Boon
ISNI:       0000 0004 2746 6214
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2013
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There has been much interest and attention on the representation of China as a responsible great power. Indeed, Chinese leaders, policymakers and scholars have not been hesitant to declare China as one. Yet, relatively little is known about when, how and why this proclaimed self-identity emerged in Beijing. This thesis represents an initial attempt to unpack these questions. Mobilising the idea of international identity, I map the evolution of China’s declared identity as a responsible power, and examine its attributes and drivers. My central contention is that since the early 1990s, China has been increasingly identifying—not only portraying—itself as a responsible great power. As this thesis shows, there is a vibrant epistemic terrain relating to the idea of global responsibility within China. For some time now, Chinese elites have been debating intensely the kind of responsible power that China should be. That these domestic identity debates take place frequently, away from the attention of most of the world, suggests the Chinese regard the idea of big power responsibility far more seriously than had it been purely a convenient propagandist tool. Examining how these elites think about the responsible power role, hence, may be crucial to a better understanding of the implications and trajectory of China’s rise. Nevertheless, the development of this identity has not been solely a product of Chinese domestic narratives and perceptions. The role of the United States as a moral adjudicator and pressure source is also significant.
Supervisor: Foot, Rosemary Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: International studies ; China ; identity ; great power