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December Green (Committee Member), Laura Luehrmann (Committee Chair), Judson Murray (Committee Member)

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Master of Arts (MA)


This work addresses the historical response of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to perceived irredentist threats in its contested territories. This is assessed through a comparative case analysis. The four cases are Taiwan, Inner Mongolia, Xinjiang and Tibet. The response of the first four generations of CCP leaders: Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping, Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao, are analyzed through a framework that evaluates domestic and international priorities, domestic self-determination sentiment, strength of domestic self-determination movements, and the status of self-determination. The findings of this framework are used to project the response of current CCP leader and President of the People's Republic of China, Xi Jinping, to separatist threats.

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Department of Political Science

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License.