Chinese Foreign Policy: An Introduction

Chinese Foreign Policy: An Introduction

Language: English

Pages: 234

ISBN: 1138935697

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


This updated and expanded 3rd edition of Chinese Foreign Policy seeks to explain the processes, actors and current history behind China’s international relations, as well as offering an in-depth look at the key areas of China’s modern global relations.

Among the key issues are:

  • The expansion of Chinese foreign policy from regional to international interests
  • China’s growing economic power in an era of global financial uncertainty
  • Modern security challenges, including maritime security, counter-terrorism and protection of overseas economic interests
  • The shifting power relationship with the United States, as well as with the European Union, Russia and Japan.
  • China’s engagement with a growing number of international and regional institutions and legal affairs
  • The developing great power diplomacy of China

New chapters address not only China’s evolving foreign policy interests but also recent changes in the international system and the effects of China’s domestic reforms. In response to current events, sections addressing Chinese trade, bilateral relations, and China’s developing strategic interest in Russia and the Polar Regions have be extensively revised and updated.

This book will be essential reading for students of Chinese foreign policy and Asian international relations, and highly recommended for students of diplomacy, international security and IR in general.

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Beijing was doomed to remain in the ranks of the medium powers.14 However, as a result of China’s more varied diplomacy and rising power, there is the argument now that Chinese soft power, while nowhere near as large as that of the United States, is significant and growing. Beijing’s economic power and its ability to promote large-scale growth have made it a tempting model for other developing states, while China has not been reluctant to offer greater assistance to the developing world. The

harm to China than good. It has been demonstrated that the mere act of seeking alliances can be viewed as a hostile act and China is unwilling to appear revisionist to the US or to other international actors. As well, China’s peaceful rise theory argues that the country has no desire to develop as a great power by challenging the current American-led world order. Viewed through the lens of power transition theory, there is much evidence to suggest that as China approaches American levels of power

lack of consensus as to when or even whether China will approach American levels of power. China’s domestic concerns, including government reform and maintaining a stable economy, may continue to discourage it from directly challenging the West. Moreover, many Chinese policymakers and analysts have rejected the power transition scenario as being incompatible with China’s stated foreign policy of peaceful rise or peaceful development. Finally, there is the argument that, unlike during times of

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