The Mass Line approach to countering violent extremism in China: the road from propaganda to hearts and minds

Edward Newman, Chi Zhang*

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Abstract

As a strategy to temper centralized governance with a degree of public participation in China, the “Mass Line” approach has been used throughout the history of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to mobilize citizens in support of national projects and use this engagement as a channel for feedback. The Mass Line has been employed in attempts to address “radicalization” and challenges to centralized state control, indicating that the CCP’s approach to counter-terrorism goes beyond the top-down, oppressive tactics that China is often associated with. This paper explores China’s programmes of mass mobilization as a part of its counter-radicalization strategy in order to deepen understanding of how the country is responding to a key security challenge. It demonstrates that this approach reflects significant historical continuities, and thus national characteristics, in terms of political culture and state control.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages17
JournalAsian Security
VolumeLatest Article
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 12 Oct 2020

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