Understanding the Resentful Power

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Abstract

This article aims to provide an alternative perspective on China’s international image and foreign policies amid their position in the international community. The current Chinese foreign policy has been transitioned from the conservative approach to the modern proactive approach that seeks global dominance. However, China’s international image communication does not function well. Resentment from required parties is defined as the major barrier to Chinese soft power and its successful international engagement. This article is an examination of the cultural and social roots of the Chinese culture. The author focuses on the resentment on the micro level via marital, familial, and child rearing structures, and suggests strategies that could be used for potentially willing foreign policy makers to deal with the Chinese government.