Do Tibetan Americans identify as Chinese Americans


Xuewu Gu

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Dr. phil., born 1957; Full professor for political science and holder of the chair for East Asian politics at the Ruhr University Bochum, Universitätsstrasse 150, GB1 / 49; 44780 Bochum.
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China's rise to a great power goes hand in hand with growing national self-confidence. Geostrategically, the People's Republic is playing a relaxed power game with the USA, diplomatically flirting with Europe, wooing Russia as a strategic hinterland, stabilizing its regional environment and trying to gain a foothold in Africa.


Thanks to its uninterrupted economic growth of an average of eight to nine percent since the reforms began, the People's Republic of China has developed into a veritable powerhouse of the global economy. Since 2004, the Middle Kingdom has been the third largest trading nation, only behind the United States and Germany, but ahead of Japan, France, Italy and Great Britain.

The immediate consequence of these economic successes is a new China that tries ever more self-confidently, sovereignly and more actively to help shape contemporary world politics. The People's Republic tries to position itself particularly where its vital interests are at stake. This applies both to their relaxed power play with the superpower USA and to their strategic flirting with the European states. But the attempts to stabilize the regional environment in the Asia-Pacific region, the courtship by Russia and the advance into Africa are also part of the foreign and security policy activities of the government in Beijing (Peking), with which the Chinese interest prevailed against other global actors shall be.