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China's national identity: A source of conflict between democracy and state nationalism


He, B, China's national identity: A source of conflict between democracy and state nationalism, Nationalism, Democracy and National Integration in China, RoutledgeCurzon, L Liew and S Wang (ed), London, pp. 170-195. ISBN 0-415-30750-3 (2004) [Research Book Chapter]

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China faces a number of pressing problems that concern national identity. At the heart of these problems is the contested issue of nationhood. Chinese authorities confront separatism and resistance to national reunification. Sections of the national population do not identify with the Chinese nationstate in which they live, and endeavour to create their own political identity through reconstructing a distinctive cultural and ethnic identity. The Tibetan people and their efforts to rebuild Tibetan cultural and ethnic identity are one clear example. In Taiwan, where the people's voices are expressed through an elected government, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government and some members, of the Nationalist opposition Kuomintang (KMT) refuse Taiwan's reunification with the People's Republic of China, which recognizes the island state as a renegade province that should be incorporated formally within the Chinese nation.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:China, national identity, democracy, nationalism, conflict
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Political science
Research Field:Political science not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Community services
Objective Field:Citizenship and national identity
UTAS Author:He, B (Associate Professor Baogang He)
ID Code:32543
Year Published:2004
Deposited By:Government
Deposited On:2004-08-01
Last Modified:2012-11-05
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