Chinese president Xi Jinping is most famously associated with his "Chinese Dream" campaign, envisioning a great rejuvenation of the nation. Many observers, though, view China's pursuit of this dream as alarming. They see a global power ready to abandon its low-profile diplomacy and eager to throw its weight around.
Red Chamber, World Dream represents an interdisciplinary effort of deciphering the Chinese Dream and its global impact. Jing Sun employs methods from political science and journalism and concepts from literature, sociology, psychology and drama studies, to offer a multilevel analysis of various actors' roles in Chinese foreign policy making: the leaders, the bureaucrats, and its increasingly diversified public. This book rejects a simple dichotomy of an omnipotent, authoritarian state versus a suppressed society. Instead, it examines how Chinese foreign policy is constantly being forged and contested by interactions among its leaders, bureaucrats, and people. The competition for shaping China's foreign policy also happens on multiple arenas: intraparty fighting, inter-ministerial feuding, social media, TV dramas and movies, among others. This book presents vast amounts of historical detail, many unearthed the first time in the English language. Meanwhile, it also examines China's diplomatic responses to ongoing issues like the Covid-19 crisis. The result is a study multidisciplinary in nature, rich in historical nuance, and timely in contemporary significance.
Fig. 5.1. Percentage of Japanese popular perception of feeling friendliness toward Russia, China, America, and South Korea (1978–2019). (Data source: Japanese Cabinet Office, Gaiko ni kansuru yoron chosa [Survey on Diplomacy], https://survey.gov-online.go.jp/r01/401-gaiko/index.html)
Fig. 5.3. Top ten issues the Chinese public identifies as priorities (February 2018). (Data source: Sohu News, “2018 quanguo lianghui zhaokai zaiji, na ‘shidaredian’ qunzhong zuiguanzhu!” [Right before 2018 national two conventions to start, what are the top ten issues people care the most?], March 1, 2018; https://www.sohu.com/a/224659820_121220)
Fig. 5.4. Number of Chinese, South Korean, and Japanese students in America (2001–14). (Data source: “Kakkoku no zaibei ryugakuseisu no sui to nihonjin ryugakusei” [Number of international students in America and students from Japan] accessed at https://wag-study-aborad.com [August 20, 2018].)
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