Date: Monday, August 07, 2023 6:00 PM
Location: Temple University, Japan Campus (Access) 1-14-29 Taishido, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, Japan 154-0004


  • Li Shao (Assistant Professor, Zhejiang University)
  • Dongshu Liu (Assistant Professor, City University of Hong Kong)


  • Sunghee Cho​ (Temple University, Japan Campus)


China's diplomatic narratives have become increasingly aggressive and nationalist in recent years as China rises as a global power. Despite numerous studies on the motivations and strategies behind such narratives, there is relatively little evidence on how they are perceived domestically and internationally. In this talk, we will present evidence from a series of studies conducted in China and other countries regarding the perceptions of domestic citizens and the international audience towards China's growing nationalist diplomacy. Our findings reveal that China's nationalist diplomacy serves as a domestic propaganda strategy, effectively increasing public support for hawkish foreign policies, such as wars. As a unique form of public diplomacy, China's nationalist and "wolf-warrior" narratives appear to discourage the United States public from supporting military conflicts with China, but they also generate significant negative perceptions of China. Overall, our research demonstrates that China's new diplomatic narratives in recent years have proven effective in achieving certain security and diplomatic objectives, but they also give rise to long-term negative consequences that cannot be ignored.

Date & Time:

Monday, August 7, 2023 18:00


Temple University, Japan Campus Room 306 (Access)


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This event is organized by the Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS).

Note: All ICAS events are held in English, open to the public, and admission is free unless otherwise noted.

Speaker Biographies:

Dr. Li Shao is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Zhejiang University. He obtained his Ph.D. in Political Science from Syracuse University. Currently, Dr. Shao's research interests lie in political communication and political behavior in comparative perspectives, with a particular focus on China and other authoritarian regimes.

Dr. Dongshu Liu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public and International Affairs at City University of Hong Kong. He earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from Syracuse University. Dr. Liu's research primarily revolves around the political economy and public opinion of authoritarian regimes.

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