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Clashing Chinese and US national identity is at the heart of the current tension between the two countries, Professor Gilbert Rozman from Princeton University in the US will tell Deakin University’s Fulbright Symposium in Melbourne next month.
Drawing from his two soon to be released books - East Asian National Identities: Commonalities and Differences and East Asian National Identity Gaps and the United States, Professor Rozman will argue that the gap between China and the United States has been growing, especially due to recent Chinese demonization of the United States.
“Understanding how national identities are formed and how they clash is key to understanding how international relations are shaping up in Northeast Asia,” he said.
“The end of the Cold War meant China and Russia faced immense challenges in dismantling socialist structures while preserving other aspects of society."
“This was critical in the formation of their national identity and also how they forged relationships in the region."
“The contrast between Chinese and US thinking about the region has grown starker as China talks about an exclusive East Asian Community while the US adopts a broader notion of community, aptly identified in Australia as the Asia-Pacific Community.”
The symposium will be held in the Fitzroy Room, Sofitel, 25 Collins Street, Melbourne
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