How Hawkish Is the Chinese Public? Another Look at ‘Rising Nationalism’ and Chinese Foreign Policy

Journal of Contemporary China, Forthcoming

22 Pages Posted: 4 Nov 2018 Last revised: 28 Nov 2018

See all articles by Jessica Chen Weiss

Jessica Chen Weiss

Cornell University - Department of Government

Date Written: November 27, 2018

Abstract

Chinese leaders often invoke the feelings of the Chinese people in international disputes. But most survey research on Chinese public opinion on international affairs has looked at measures of nationalist identity rather than beliefs about foreign policy and evaluations of the government’s performance. Five surveys of Chinese citizens, netizens, and elites help illuminate the public attitudes that the Chinese government grapples with in managing international security policy. The results suggest that Chinese attitudes are more hawkish than dovish and that younger Chinese, while perhaps not more nationalist in identity, may be more hawkish in their foreign policy beliefs than older generations. Netizens and elites are even more inclined to call on the Chinese government to invest in and rely more on military strength.

Keywords: China, Public Opinion, Foreign Policy, Attitudes, Surveys, Nationalism

Suggested Citation

Weiss, Jessica Chen, How Hawkish Is the Chinese Public? Another Look at ‘Rising Nationalism’ and Chinese Foreign Policy (November 27, 2018). Journal of Contemporary China, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3265588

Jessica Chen Weiss (Contact Author)

Cornell University - Department of Government ( email )

Ithaca, NY 14853
United States

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