Understanding China's attitude toward international order : from general delegitimization to selective embeddedness

Chunman Zhang
2013
China is rising and playing an increasing important role in both regional and international affairs. As for China's attitude toward international order, this thesis argues that since 1992 China has been gradually shifting its attitude towards international order from general delegitimization to selective embeddedness by using political discourse analysis and fuzzy-set analysis methods. Why has China become less critical of the international order in the past few years but in 1990s China
more » ... 1990s China severely criticized it? In terms of the relationship between China and the West, why does China cooperate with the West in some areas while fighting with it in others? This paper proposes an identity-attitude model to explain these puzzles. It argues that China's attitudinal change is caused by the change of China's identity. China cooperates with the West only when China perceives itself as the beneficiary of the international order.
doi:10.14288/1.0071977 fatcat:b7dlwhlxjfcdte56dypczp4jnq