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Exercising Sovereignty China's 'Core Interests' and Unfinished National Unification


Narramore, T, Exercising Sovereignty China's 'Core Interests' and Unfinished National Unification, Proceedings of the Australian Political Studies Association 2012 Conference, 24-26 September 2012, Hobart, pp. 855-883. (2012) [Refereed Conference Paper]


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This paper applies ideas on sovereignty as a contested and variable set of practices in international politics to the People’s Republic of China’s declaration of ‘core interests’ in Taiwan, Tibet and Xinjiang, with a particular focus on the Uyghurs of Xinjiang in the ‘post-9/11’ environment. While China’s claims to jurisdictional sovereignty in these areas are unrelenting, they continue to be contested in ways that have the potential to destabilize the Chinese state and the international relations of the region. ‘Core interests’ remain zones of unfinished or uncertain national integration and unification, requiring the regular demonstration and exercise of the state’s jurisdictional sovereignty, at times through political violence. In Xinjiang’s case the securitization of Uyghur separatism as part of the ‘global war on terrorism’ has intensified the state’s coercive exercise of sovereignty, increasing inter-communal violence between Han (Chinese) and ‘minority’ people and exacerbating serious problems of national unification.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:China, Sovereignty, Security
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Political science
Research Field:International relations
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Narramore, T (Dr Terry Narramore)
ID Code:82170
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Government
Deposited On:2013-01-17
Last Modified:2018-03-14
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