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Assessing public opinion’s influence on foreign policy: the case of China’s assertive maritime behavior

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Assessing public opinion’s influence on foreign policy : the case of China’s assertive maritime behavior. / Chubb, Andrew.

In: Asian Security, Vol. 15, No. 2, 04.05.2019, p. 159-179.

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Chubb A. Assessing public opinion’s influence on foreign policy: the case of China’s assertive maritime behavior. Asian Security. 2019 May 4;15(2):159-179. Epub 2018 Mar 7. doi: 10.1080/14799855.2018.1437723

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