A Dialogical Séance with the Void of #socialmedia: Public Opinion in American Foreign Policy Towards China
On October 3, 2013 U.S. President Barack Obama cancelled his trip to the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit due to the government shut-down. This decision came after an intense period of U.S. foreign policy directed at containing China’s military ambitions while encouraging its economic rise. Using Twitter as source material and the method of intertextual analysis, this paper gauges public opinion in America towards China in the wake of Obama’s cancelled trip amongst both elites (those who practice foreign policy) and the general public. The results suggest that public opinion towards China is negative in the wake of the cancellation, begging the question: was Obama’s trip cancelled as a ploy to win sway in domestic politics or was it a foreign policy maneuver? Is there a grand strategy at work or is the so-called pivot towards Asia dead on arrival?
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