An Ideological Contest in U.S.-China Relations? Assessing China’s Defense of Autocracy

Forthcoming, Security and US-China Relations: Differences, Dangers, and Dilemmas, eds. Avery Goldstein and Jacques deLisle

39 Pages Posted: 30 Jul 2019

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Jessica Chen Weiss

Cornell University - Department of Government

Date Written: July 26, 2019

Abstract

China’s renewed authoritarianism and growing international influence have paralleled democratic erosion in new and established democracies alike. These twin developments have added an ideological valence to growing security and trade tensions in U.S.-China relations. Although there is scant evidence that the Chinese Communist Party is deliberately trying to spread autocracy or defeat democracy, China’s success and influence have made the world safer for autocracy. The essay concludes by considering how U.S. actions might affect Beijing’s calculus and the future of competition between autocracy and democracy.

Keywords: China, autocracy, ideology, democracy, influence, diffusion

Suggested Citation

Weiss, Jessica Chen, An Ideological Contest in U.S.-China Relations? Assessing China’s Defense of Autocracy (July 26, 2019). Forthcoming, Security and US-China Relations: Differences, Dangers, and Dilemmas, eds. Avery Goldstein and Jacques deLisle. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3427181 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3427181

Jessica Chen Weiss (Contact Author)

Cornell University - Department of Government ( email )

Ithaca, NY 14853
United States

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