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Yujia Yao

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2021-2022: Master of Arts in U.S Studies: History and Politics, Institute of the Americas, University College London, London, The United Kingdom

2017- 2021: Bachelor of Arts in World History, College of History, Nankai University, Tianjin, China

Awards and Grants

Doctoral scholorship, Graduate School of North American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin


Topic: US Proxy Strategy Toward China in the First Half of the 20th Century: Why Did if Fail in the Case of the Republic of China?

This research seeks to comprehensively explain and evaluate the application of the US proxy strategy toward China in the first half of the 20th century. Although lacking a precise definition, the proxy war theory is commonly used in the field of international politics to describe the manipulation of small states by great powers to intervene in regional politics and indirectly engage in warfare. On this basis, the author combines historical facts and concludes that U.S. diplomacy with the Republic of China (1912-1949) resembles a proxy relationship, as evidenced by the unequal diplomatic status, the disparity in economic and military power, and the secret government agreements.


The Role of the Non-State Actor in Sino-American Relations: An Analysis based on the Rockefeller Foundation and the Peking Union Medical College, included in the 2nd International Conference on Social Psychology and Humanity Studies (ICSPHS 2024)