The Mind of the Dragon: Why internal Chinese politics matter

GMA 400L - Senior Seminar Research Lab

China has long been subjective to retroactive western policies based off of Chinese actions; for instance even now the U.S. is increasing its presence in the South China Sea, reacting to China’s nine dash line. The continuation of this strategy could lead to dangerous misunderstandings. Instead, Chinese Communist Party leadership should be studied; Proactive and meaningful strategies on dealing with the Middle Kingdom, can be gained from taking a closer look at China’s historical patterns of governance. Fear of uprisings have previously kept Chinese foreign ambitions in check. However, Xi Jinping’s newly constructed political powerbase give him the ability to make claims without fear.