Chinese Philosemitism and Historical Statecraft: Incorporating Jews and Israel into Contemporary Chinese Civilizationism

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Abstract

Philosemitism-the idealization of Jews and Israel-and Chinese-Jewish history function as a platform of soft power for growing China-Israel relations and as a means to bolster Chinese nationalism. Given the Chinese Communist Party's current positioning of China as a globally dominant power as part of the Belt and Road Initiative, this article re-examines the contemporary incarnation of philosemitism in China as part of a civilizationist narrative designed to position China as globally central and superior. This not only places heavy emphasis upon Jewish racial stereotypes and erases genuine historical Jewish voices but it also ignores evidence of anti-Semitic beliefs in China.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)208-226
Number of pages19
JournalChina Quarterly
Volume245
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2021

Keywords

  • BRI
  • China
  • Israel
  • anti-semitism
  • civilizationism
  • historical statecraft
  • philosemitism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development
  • Political Science and International Relations

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