Moderating Assertiveness? Chinese Nationalism in the Context of the One Belt One Road Narrative
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The paper looks at the relationship between China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and the role of nationalism in Chinese foreign policy through the lens of a two-level game. The Chinese government plays the role of the "chief negotiator" between domestic nationalist forces pushing for an assertive behavior, and self-imposed limits as part of the BRI's strategic narrative. Three initial cases are taken into consideration: the Chinese reaction to the THAAD deployment in South Korea in 2017, to anti-China protests in Vietnam, and to Indonesia's re-naming of contested South China Seas territory. The argument is that nationalism plays an important role in China's response to crises involving countries not part of the BRI, but it does not when the other country is included in the BRI. Apart from helping to better understand the nature of Xi Jinping's flagship international initiative, this paper also prompts important considerations about the actual role of nationalism in Chinese foreign policy and potential assertiveness.
Professor Ivan Willis Rasmussen
New York University (NYU) Shanghai
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Ivan Willis Rasmussen is an assistant professor of practice in Political Science at NYU Shanghai. Prior to joining NYU Shanghai, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Government at Hamilton College and a Research Fellow with the International Security Program at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center. He holds a Ph.D. from Tufts University (the Fletcher School) along with a Masters degree also from Tufts and a B.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. Professor Rasmussen’s research interests are international relations, comparative politics, and Chinese foreign affairs. His research has appeared in the Asian Journal of Public Affairs and the Chinese Yearbook of International Law and Affairs. Professor Rasmussen has taught and researched at a variety of institutions including Hamilton College, Tufts University, Harvard Kennedy School, Boston College, and Renmin Daxue (People’s University in Beijing). He previously worked for the US Department of State, Duke University/Gates Foundation, and the RAND Corporation.
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