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Andersson, Peter LU (2018) STVU15 20181
Department of Political Science
Abstract
This study examines why a trade dispute between the United States (US) and China has developed after the US decision to impose steel and aluminum tariffs in March 2018. The study was conducted from a realistic point of view with the purpose to put the trade dispute in a broader context of the realistic theories. The study concludes that the theory of economic nationalism and protectionism, by its own, can explain why the trade dispute has occurred but the realistic perspective offers a deeper and broader understanding to the dispute. Starting with the extraordinary development of China since the 1980s, the study, by using the realistic theory of Thucydides trap, shows a China that hungers for more respect, more influence over others and... (More)
This study examines why a trade dispute between the United States (US) and China has developed after the US decision to impose steel and aluminum tariffs in March 2018. The study was conducted from a realistic point of view with the purpose to put the trade dispute in a broader context of the realistic theories. The study concludes that the theory of economic nationalism and protectionism, by its own, can explain why the trade dispute has occurred but the realistic perspective offers a deeper and broader understanding to the dispute. Starting with the extraordinary development of China since the 1980s, the study, by using the realistic theory of Thucydides trap, shows a China that hungers for more respect, more influence over others and who sees itself as more important in the world of politics. The US, put in the same theory, is challenged by China and fears this development as they are questioned as a sovereign global super power, a throne they have had since the fall of the Soviet Union. This fear makes them determined to defend status quo. In the light of this perspective the trade dispute can be explained as a tool used by the US to brake or slow down China´s progress towards an economic superpower. (Less)
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author
Andersson, Peter LU
supervisor
organization
alternative title
En förklarande studie av handelstvisten mellan USA och Kina utifrån ett realistiskt perspektiv
course
STVU15 20181
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
Trade dispute, China, USA, Realism, Thucydides trap
language
Swedish
id
8940493
date added to LUP
2018-06-05 14:21:58
date last changed
2018-06-05 14:21:58
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  abstract     = {This study examines why a trade dispute between the United States (US) and China has developed after the US decision to impose steel and aluminum tariffs in March 2018. The study was conducted from a realistic point of view with the purpose to put the trade dispute in a broader context of the realistic theories. The study concludes that the theory of economic nationalism and protectionism, by its own, can explain why the trade dispute has occurred but the realistic perspective offers a deeper and broader understanding to the dispute. Starting with the extraordinary development of China since the 1980s, the study, by using the realistic theory of Thucydides trap, shows a China that hungers for more respect, more influence over others and who sees itself as more important in the world of politics. The US, put in the same theory, is challenged by China and fears this development as they are questioned as a sovereign global super power, a throne they have had since the fall of the Soviet Union. This fear makes them determined to defend status quo. In the light of this perspective the trade dispute can be explained as a tool used by the US to brake or slow down China´s progress towards an economic superpower.},
  author       = {Andersson, Peter},
  keyword      = {Trade dispute,China,USA,Realism,Thucydides trap},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Handelstvisten},
  year         = {2018},
}