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Sovereignty in China’s Perspective


Yonghong Yang

This book explores China’s perspective on sovereignty. The concept of sovereignty is universal, however, the understanding of it varies in different states and due to cultural backgrounds, history or the composition of ethnic groups. In order to comprehend China’s current perspective on sovereignty, the author connects Chinese historical ideas with the current international society. She locates misunderstandings of China’s past and present which could cause misjudgment of China’s perspective on sovereignty. Hence, the author analyzes China’s imperial history concerning sovereignty and foreign policies. She surveys the cultural, political, administrative and legal roots of the ancient empires because of their great influence on its current political arrangements. In addition, the study examines the divergence between the European and Chinese understanding on human rights.

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Chapter 4. Nationalism in China



As discussed previously, modern sovereignty was born with modern nationalism in China. Still today, Chinese nationalism is still deeply implanted in Chinese minds, which has been seriously influential in the interpretation of sovereignty in the perspective of China. Whenever sovereignty is involved now, Chinese nationalism rises with a mixture of xenophobia immediately and condemns any compromise with foreign states which might be accused of quisling.302

It is widely accepted that modern nationalism was the major source of the movements that propelled China to transform into a modern state. Yu Yingshi wrote, “various modernized theories and political movements emerged in modern China. Some of them which could instigate Chinese people all relied on nationalism and utilized nationalism”.303 Indisputably, ‘nationalism was the chief stimulus behind Chinese reforming thought’ in the late 19th century.304

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