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The role of national identities in China’s decision for war in the 1962 Sino-Indian border conflict

Ou, Bilan and Zhao, Xiaoyu (2023) The role of national identities in China’s decision for war in the 1962 Sino-Indian border conflict. India Review, 22 (4). pp. 485-508. ISSN 1473-6489

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Identification Number: 10.1080/14736489.2023.2236467

Abstract

By conducting discourse analysis on Chinese textual materials around 1962, this paper tries to inductively explore the national identities of Chinese people during the 1962 Sino-Indian border conflict. It finds that China perceived itself as a persistent and resilient nation in the ongoing fight against invasion and oppression. The predominant social discourse around 1962 showed a strong enmity and resistance toward the imperialism which was then imposed on India. These national identities have formed a natural response as maintaining a tough stance toward incursion and repression, and have contributed to China’s resolution to defense its territory with resorting to military force, even though it might not be beneficial in terms of diplomatic relations and economic interests.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2023 Taylor & Francis.
Divisions: Government
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
J Political Science
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2023 16:00
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2024 20:24
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/120159

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