This paper is a study of China’s foreign policy actions in the South China Sea. Despite China’s new foreign policy strategy, which emphasises an improvement of political relations in the region, China’s actions are increasingly assertive. By adopting a neoclassical framework, it is examined why China’s foreign policy is inconsistent in the South China Sea. First, China’s rise in power capabilities are assessed, second two intervening variables, the statesmen's perception and the state-apparatus, are analysed. The analysis finds, that China’s foreign policy in the South China Sea is affected by numerous interests and actors, causing the overall policy to be inconsistent. The findings are discussed, to further understand the background for the inconsistency. The paper concludes that the rise in relative power capabilities has caused China to change their strategy and that the fragmentation within the state bureaucracy causes their action in the South China Sea to be inconsistent.
|Uddannelser||Global Studies, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat|
|Vejledere||Gorm Rye Olsen|