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The Advocacy TrapTransnational Activism and State Power in China$
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Stephen Noakes

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781526119476

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526119476.001.0001

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State power as reality

State power as reality

(p.162) Conclusion State power as reality
The Advocacy Trap

Stephen Noakes

Manchester University Press

This concluding chapter explores the implications of the varied patterns and pathways taken by TANs engaging with China. A key lesson is that foreign activists rarely succeed in persuading China to follow a course of action it does not favour for its own reasons. China’s leaders are not insensitive to external pressures for change, but base their policy actions on the domestic legitimacy implications of a given issue. This means that much rides on the quality of information the state receives—the results of a miscalculations could have grave consequences for the survival of the CCP. However, it also means that activists targeting China need to maintain a healthy perspective on what they can reasonably achieve. Given the power of China to alter the core mission and message of TANs, those wishing to deepen engagement with China need to make a clear-eyed assessment of the risks, and consider how far they are willing to go to accommodate the preference of a new world power.

Keywords:   China, Advocacy, Activism, Transnationalism, State

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