Economic vs. Ideological Interests: Examining Chinese Arms Exports and Aid

Rhodes, James Delton (2015) Economic vs. Ideological Interests: Examining Chinese Arms Exports and Aid. Undergraduate thesis, under the direction of Matthew DiGiuseppe from Political Science, University of Mississippi.

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This thesis examines China’s role in the world, specifically from 1990 to 2011. I discuss China’s arms exports and outward direct investment (ODI) and how these relate with China’s policy goals. Do Chinese leaders use these two methods as means of gaining long-term, international hegemonic/ strategic support, or are they related to gaining short-term, domestic economic-based support? In this thesis, I attempt to look into international political theory (constructivism and rationalism) and how this applies to China’s current and future ambitions as a world power. I test this by looking at factors like UN voting, polity IV score, and natural resource exports of developing countries. In my results, I find that arms exports are linked to UN voting (hegemonic/ strategic goals) and that ODI is linked to the acquisition of natural resources (economic goals).

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Creators: Rhodes, James Delton
Student's Degree Program(s): B.A. in International Studies and Chinese
Thesis Advisor: Matthew DiGiuseppe
Thesis Advisor's Department: Political Science
Institution: University of Mississippi
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
H Social Sciences > HX Socialism. Communism. Anarchism
J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
J Political Science > JZ International relations
U Military Science > U Military Science (General)
Depositing User: James Delton Rhodes
Date Deposited: 12 May 2015 17:01
Last Modified: 12 May 2015 17:01

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