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A Study on Chinese Confucian Thought: Focusing on Chinese Soft Power Strategies

  • The Journal of Northeast Asia Research
  • Abbr : NEA
  • 2017, 32(1), pp.179-214
  • DOI : 10.18013/jnar.2017.32.1.006
  • Publisher : The Institute for Northeast Asia Research
  • Research Area : Social Science > Political Science > International Politics > International Relations / Cooperation

박명아 1 Kim, Hyung Min 1

1명지대학교

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ABSTRACT

This research examines the importance of the change and continuity of Chinese Confucian thought, focusing on its soft power strategies. It posits that, to accurately understand Chinese domestic and foreign policies, we will have to carefully examine Confucian thought and its influence on Chinese history. Thoroughly understanding Chinese culture, political philosophies, and foreign policies based on Confucian ideas throughout its history helps us comprehend how domestic and foreign policies have been made and adjusted in China. Domestically, decision-makers in China try to strengthen its political cohesion and stabilize its internal order based on Confucian ideals of harmony and stability. Internationally, arguing from the Confucian position of harmony and decency, Chinese policymakers have tried to dispel worries of the China threat and argue that Chinese foreign policies are inclusive not exclusive in nature with other states in the international society.

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