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Date of Award

Summer 8-18-2022

Author's School

College of Arts & Sciences

Author's Program

Political Science

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (A.B.)




In this paper, I propose a theory of Chinese public opinion on foreign aid based on state propaganda, an evolving regime, a growing economy, and the recent pandemic. I argue that for China to smoothly operate under Xi’s vision for China’s evolving regime and ascension in global status, the regime needed public support. As the first study since 2007 to investigate Chinese public opinion on foreign aid, this study presents three major findings. First, I find that public opinion toward foreign aid in China has become more positive in 2022 than it was in 2007. Second, important determinants of individual support for foreign aid include gender, political views, news source, and attitude toward institutions. Third, I find that the COVID-19 pandemic had a positive impact on public opinion toward foreign aid in China.


Ted Enamorado

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