China's Rising Foreign Ministry: Practices and Representations of Assertive Diplomacy

China's Rising Foreign Ministry: Practices and Representations of Assertive Diplomacy

by Dylan M.H Loh
China's Rising Foreign Ministry: Practices and Representations of Assertive Diplomacy

China's Rising Foreign Ministry: Practices and Representations of Assertive Diplomacy

by Dylan M.H Loh

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Overview

China's rise and its importance to international relations as a discipline-defining phenomenon is well recognized. Yet when scholars analyze China's foreign relations, they typically focus on Beijing's military power, economic might, or political leaders. As a result, most traditional assessments miss a crucial factor: China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA). In China's Rising Foreign Ministry, Dylan M.H Loh upends conventional understandings of Chinese diplomacy by underlining the importance of the ministry and its diplomats in contemporary Chinese foreign policy. Loh explains how MOFA gradually became the main interface of China's foreign policy and the primary vehicle through which the idea of 'China' is produced, articulated, and represented on the world stage. This theoretically innovative and ambitious book offers an original reading of Chinese foreign policy, with wide-ranging implications for international relations. By shedding light on the dynamics of Chinese diplomacy and how assertiveness is constructed, Loh provides readers with a comprehensive re-appraisal of China's foreign ministry and the role it performs in China's re-emergence.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781503638204
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication date: 04/02/2024
Series: Studies in Asian Security
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.00(d)

About the Author

Dylan M.H Loh is Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Global Affairs at Nanyang Technological University(NTU). He tweets @dylanloh.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Introduction: Why China's Foreign Ministry and Diplomats Matter (More Than We Think)
1. Chinese Foreign Policy, MOFA's Role, and the "Practice Turn"
2. Diplomacy's Ascendancy
3. The Field of Diplomacy in China
4. Institutional Habitus and MOFA's Identity Effects
5. China's Twitter Diplomacy
Conclusion: Representations of Assertiveness and "Wolf Warriors"
Appendix A: Instances of the PRC's Cooperative and Assertive Behavior in Southeast Asia
Appendix B: Interviewee Profiles
Notes
References
Index
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