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Making Money or Pursuing Hegemony? China and the Middle East

Öberg, Astrid Maria (2012)
Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Lund University
Abstract
As China rises and the former glory of the U.S. hegemony slowly fades, the rest of the world is watching closely. Opinions and analyses on whether it will have a peaceful outcome or not are many and various. This study investigated contemporary Chinese foreign policy in an attempt to argue that economic objectives are too important for the Chinese Central Leadership to consider military aggression against the U.S. It examined Chinese Foreign Policy by looking at two ongoing Middle Eastern events; the Arab-Israeli conflict and the ”war on terror”. The research was carried out in form of a multiple case study based mainly on qualitative material in the form of government documents and media archives but also on quantitative data in the form... (More)
As China rises and the former glory of the U.S. hegemony slowly fades, the rest of the world is watching closely. Opinions and analyses on whether it will have a peaceful outcome or not are many and various. This study investigated contemporary Chinese foreign policy in an attempt to argue that economic objectives are too important for the Chinese Central Leadership to consider military aggression against the U.S. It examined Chinese Foreign Policy by looking at two ongoing Middle Eastern events; the Arab-Israeli conflict and the ”war on terror”. The research was carried out in form of a multiple case study based mainly on qualitative material in the form of government documents and media archives but also on quantitative data in the form of official statistics. A foreign policy analysis seen through the lens of four different theories of International Relations provided the theoretical basis of the data analysis. The findings of the study supported the author's argument that great power China is, in fact, seeking to make money not pursue global hegemony. (Less)
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Öberg, Astrid Maria
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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Foreign policy, hegemony, economic growth, conflict, China, Middle East
language
English
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3460326
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2013-02-11 13:15:42
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  abstract     = {As China rises and the former glory of the U.S. hegemony slowly fades, the rest of the world is watching closely. Opinions and analyses on whether it will have a peaceful outcome or not are many and various. This study investigated contemporary Chinese foreign policy in an attempt to argue that economic objectives are too important for the Chinese Central Leadership to consider military aggression against the U.S. It examined Chinese Foreign Policy by looking at two ongoing Middle Eastern events; the Arab-Israeli conflict and the ”war on terror”. The research was carried out in form of a multiple case study based mainly on qualitative material in the form of government documents and media archives but also on quantitative data in the form of official statistics. A foreign policy analysis seen through the lens of four different theories of International Relations provided the theoretical basis of the data analysis. The findings of the study supported the author's argument that great power China is, in fact, seeking to make money not pursue global hegemony.},
  author       = {Öberg, Astrid Maria},
  keyword      = {Foreign policy,hegemony,economic growth,conflict,China,Middle East},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Making Money or Pursuing Hegemony? China and the Middle East},
  year         = {2012},
}