During the last 30 years, China has become a major international player and responsible power. On the one hand, China’s growth in the global economy demands international attention. On the other hand, Chinese authorities must adjust their rhetoric to fit within contemporary challenges. In his study, which is mainly based on the constructivism approach and comparative methodology, the author provides a basic explanation for the changes in political rhetoric adopted by the Chinese leadership. The major issues our guest will answer are:
1. Why the Chinese leadership has changed ‘pragmatic’ rhetoric to ‘moral’ rhetoric?
2. How have the Chinese intellectuals and media approached the problem of the new rhetoric in foreign policy?
3. To what extent have the central authorities answered to public opinion?
Dominik Mierzejewski is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Lodz in Poland. Mierjewski attended University of Lodz for a masters in history and wrote his doctoral dissertation on Chinese Foreign Policy during the Cultural Revolution. In addition, Mierjewski has attended Shanghai International Studies University for language, culture, and government studies. He has attended many international conferences about China and Asian studies, and has interned in China and Washington D.C.