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The Reaction of the U.S. President To the Rise of China: A discourse analysis into the president of the United States’ reaction to China emerging as a competing hegemon.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The U.S. has enjoyed global hegemonic power for over 70 years and even more so

after the fall of the Soviet Union. However, some political scientists argue that it is

descending and the evidence lies in the increasing power of China. An imbalance of

power in the international structure has the ability to result in different outcomes. The

realist theory suggests that a conflict between the U.S. and China is unavoidable, the

liberal theory suggests that the economic dependency between the two makes conflict

less possible, while the constructivist theory suggests that the outcome depends on the

reaction of the leaders and social change. This study asks what the reaction of the

President of the U.S. is to the rise of China to find out the result of this hegemonic

power imbalance. By using discourse analysis, this study has analyzed the remarks of

President Trump from the period of January 2017 to November 2017 in search of his

reaction to the rise of China. The results of this study show that President Trump

divides the world in two parts making the U.S. the protagonist and the rest of the

world, including China, the antagonist in his discourse as his reaction. Due to this

reaction, Trump takes nationalistic and protectionist measures against China.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , p. 40
Keywords [en]
hegemonic power, power balance, US-China relations, hegemonic stability theory, discourse analysis, constructivism, president xi, president trump
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-338783OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-338783DiVA, id: diva2:1173593
Subject / course
Political Science
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Available from: 2018-01-16 Created: 2018-01-12 Last updated: 2018-01-16Bibliographically approved

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