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The pursuit of peaceful development: How China's foreign policy and its national security are connected
Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare.
Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Since the Open-Door Policy has been carried out in 1979, China has gained dramatic improvements in many fields, such as economies and military. At the same time, the considerable changes also bring China many crises from the complicated international envirorunent. This thesis will illustrate these questions through nationalism and realism theoretical framework by using case study with a qualitative approach as the method. With the Five Peaceful Principles of Co-existence based foreign policy, this thesis will experience "Century of Humiliation" of China again and redefine the rising power of China through a case study about Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands dispute between China and Japan. Although it is a little hard to analyze this case under a complicated international environment, plenty of document information will support to get a result of how China's foreign policy and national security are interlinked? Finally, "national insecurities" and "humiliating history" are drawn as the key factors that affect China's foreign policy making, and the interconnections of China's peaceful diplomacy and national security. "National insecurities" and "humiliating history" drive China to make the foreign policy of peaceful development, otherwise, to ensure national security, China need to strengthen the comprehensive national power.

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Keyword [en]
the Open-Door Policy, the Five Peaceful Principles of Co-existence, international environment, foreign policy, national security, nationalism, realism, case study, Century of Humiliation, Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands, national insecurities
URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-29305OAI: diva2:849171
Subject / course
International Relations
Available from: 2015-09-03 Created: 2015-08-27 Last updated: 2015-09-03Bibliographically approved

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