Discursive construction of Chinese foreign policy

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The chapter carries out a diachronic analysis of the topics and schemata of foreign policy sections (FPSs) in the Chinese government&#8217;s <i>Annual Work Report</i> (AWR, 1993&#8211;2007) to the National People&#8217;s Congress (NPC). The analysis shows that: (1) all the reports are constructed with similar topics and schemata decided by the general rules set in the FPS of the report in 1986, which work as &#8220;orders of discourse&#8221;; (2) topical selection and schematic structure, as two sides of a mental model for the production and understanding of the discourse, are ideological mechanisms for the government to manipulate power control over policy construction and implementation; (3) the discourse is actually the final product of the struggle and interaction between new discourse and &#8220;orders of discourse&#8221;; (4) the discourse is a reflection of social changes and works as a catalyst to shape people&#8217;s view toward social reality and to mold China&#8217;s foreign policy practice.


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