Soft rise, hard response: US foreign policy towards the People’s Republic of China under the Obama administration

Oldham, Sam (2015) Soft rise, hard response: US foreign policy towards the People’s Republic of China under the Obama administration. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The way a hegemon relates to other states in the international system is vital to predicting international stability and prosperity. The importance of interstate reactions can shift the status quo from peace to war with surprising speed. The intention of this investigative analysis was to understand US foreign policy towards China under the Obama Administration. China and its development into a great power is a salient topic in the field of international politics. Discussions regarding how China will inevitably alter the international system merits analysis and this dissertation aims to encapsulate the relationship between the US and China, its chief international rival. America’s foreign policy approach is examined through offensive realism to explain how it responds to China and to understand if policy makers in Washington DC fear China and therefore want to manage it’s rise.

    Through a variety of sources from European, North America and Far Eastern scholars and international relations practitioners, this dissertation aims to make sense of US foreign policy towards China using offensive realism as the prominent analytical tool. Defensive realism is also used to support and provide counter explanations for the various arguments. With regards to the contemporary events such as the situation in the Senkaku and Diaoyu islands, this dissertation has utilised peer reviewed articles and books to establish the historical and contextual information. News articles are also valuable as they provide an up to date factual account of the various events.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2015 15:18
    Last Modified: 04 Aug 2015 15:18
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/17954

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