Re-narrating Non-intervention Policy in China’s Military-action Genre Films

Tianru Guan, Tingting Hu*

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This study examines the cultural representations of Chinese military- action films which re-interpret China’s non-intervention policy and give China’s foreign engagements rationality and legitimation. It involves two narrative strategies: (1) framing the protection of nationals abroad as the key incentive behind China’s military actions; and (2) emphasizing an unquestioning commitment to sovereignty, to UN authorization, and to the consent of host countries during the intervening process.Then, it points out the propagandistic features of China’s military-action films: framing the outside world as a threatening place in which individuals’ survival depends on the protection of a powerful nation; cultivating collective narcissism and nationalism; and reframing China’s global eco- nomic expansion through a“friendship narrative”.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Contemporary China
Publication statusPublished - 2021


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