Powerful Patriots: Nationalist Protest in China's Foreign Relations

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Oxford University Press, 2014 - Political Science - 341 pages
What role do nationalism and popular protest play in China's foreign relations? Chinese authorities permitted anti-American demonstrations in 1999 but repressed them in 2001 during two crises in U.S.-China relations. Anti-Japanese protests were tolerated in 1985, 2005, and 2012 but banned in 1990 and 1996. Protests over Taiwan, the issue of greatest concern to Chinese nationalists, have never been allowed. To explain this variation, Powerful Patriots identifies the diplomatic as well as domestic factors that drive protest management in authoritarian states. Because nationalist protests are costly to repress and may turn against the government, allowing protests demonstrates resolve and makes compromise more costly in diplomatic relations. Repressing protests, by contrast, sends a credible signal of reassurance, facilitating diplomatic flexibility. Powerful Patriots traces China's management of dozens of nationalist protests and their consequences between 1985 and 2012. -- Provided by publisher

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1 Introduction
2 Nationalist Protest and Authoritarian Diplomacy
3 AntiAmerican Protest and USChina Crisis Diplomacy
4 The 1985 AntiJapan Protests and SinoJapanese Relations in the 1980s
 SinoJapanese Relations in the 1990s
6 The 2005 AntiJapan Protests and SinoJapanese Relations in the 2000s
Repairing SinoJapanese Relations 20062010 and the 2010 Trawler Collision
8 The 2012 AntiJapan Protests and the DiaoyuSenkaku Islands Crisis
9 Conclusion

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Jessica Chen Weiss is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Yale University and Research Fellow at the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies. Her research interests include Chinese politics and international relations, nationalism, and social protest. Her research hasappeared in International Organization and has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Princeton-Harvard China and The World Program, Bradley Foundation, Fulbright-Hays program, and the University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation. The dissertation on which thisbook is based won the 2009 APSA Helen Dwight Reid Award. Before joining the Yale faculty, she founded FACES, the Forum for American/Chinese Exchange at Stanford, while an undergraduate at Stanford. She teaches courses on China's foreign relations, state-society relations in post-Mao China, andanti-Americanism in world politics.

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