China Stands Up by David Scott

By David Scott

In 1949 Mao Zedong made the ancient proclamation that "the chinese language humans have stood up". This assertion used to be major, absolutely reflecting the altering nature not just of China’s self-perception, but in addition of its courting with the remainder of the realm. when it comes to decreasing the imperialist presence of the West and Japan inside of China, and reasserting China’s territorial integrity and criminal sovereignty to the surface global, Mao and China can certainly be visible to have effectively ‘stood up’. even though, the advance of China’s place within the hitherto Western-dominated foreign process has been extra ambiguous. In China Stands Up David Scott examines the PRC’s presence within the overseas approach, from 1949 to the current, and in addition seems to be ahead to the long run, asking: How can we outline the increase of China? How does China see its function on this planet? What shapes China’s position? How do overseas actors view China’s position within the overseas neighborhood? Has China risen in any genuine experience? attractive with a wealthy tapestry of resources and imagery, starting from governmental, media, educational and renowned settings, and bridging the divide among background and diplomacy, this e-book will attract scholars and students of either those fields, in addition to these drawn to chinese language politics and overseas coverage.

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India’ with ‘British opinion [which] has been . . less alarmist about Chinese military expansion’ (1954: 109). American perceptions of China were distorting foreign policy judgements, ‘the fear of Communism has so gripped the United States’ and caused ‘their refusal to face the alternative of serious negotiations with China’ even though ‘a whole civilization is in a ferment there and will not be restored to calm by any simple formula or by the intervention of outside forces from the West . . policies which are alien to their [Chinese] thinking’ (111).

Chinese perceptions of the Chinese Revolution and of the international system At the time, Han Suyin’s insider-outsider perception in October 1949 was to point to ‘the historic-minded Chinese, haunted by the past and memories of the Great White Injustice’ alongside ‘the patriotic Chinese, that hard core of strength in all Asiatic communism, which is ardently nationalism; my country, right or wrong, but mine’ (1952: 148). Images were there, but images to change. On the one hand was that ‘fatalism, inscrutability, serenity, these figments of western imagination .

In American military circles, China’s intervention in Korea soon generated dramatic images and perceptions. China’s massed formations and readiness to take high ground casualties heightened American perceptions of a ‘teeming’ (Kulischer 1953) Chinese threat ready to sweep across Asia, and ‘set back US–Chinese relations for twenty years’ (Khong 1996: 185). Robert Riggs’s army report was bluntly titled Red China’s Fighting Hordes (1951), and described ‘a sadism and brutality inherent in many Asiatics .

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