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     Feb 24, '14


Offense is best defense for China
By Nicholas Dynon

Beijing regularly reminds us that its foreign policy eschews the export of ideology and meddling in the political affairs of other countries. According to its concept of "peaceful development", China has no intention of exporting ideology or seeking world hegemony, nor does it seek to change or subvert the current


international order. In the same breath, Beijing frequently chides the United States as a serial offender in exporting ideology to shore up its international hegemony as the world's dominant superpower.

China sees itself as the target of powerful Western political, military and media efforts to pursue neo-liberal strategies of ideological world dominance. Beijing thus purports to maintain a defensive posture in relation to the export of ideology by other actors and the United States in particular. It articulates this in terms of safeguarding its "ideological security" against "ideological and cultural infiltration".

By examining Chinese discourse on the subject, this paper examines the extent to which Beijing is exporting its ideology to shore up support abroad, most notably among non-Western developing nations. To this end, it will be shown that Beijing is maneuvering to put its worldview forward as an alternative to the ideological hegemony of the West.

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