Chinese Foreign Relations: Power and Policy since the Cold War

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Jan 26, 2012 - Political Science - 446 pages
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China is rightly considered an emerging power in world affairs as Chinese leaders, backed by growing economic and military strength, engage in innovative diplomatic approaches that pave the way for China's international role. But this is only part of the story of China’s rise. As Robert G. Sutter shows in this meticulous and balanced assessment, the record of twists and turns in Chinese foreign relations since the end of the Cold War highlights a very different perspective. Domestic problems, nationalism, and security concerns continue to preoccupy Beijing, complicating China's influence and innovations in foreign affairs. On the international front, the actions of other powerful nations and growing dependence on the world economy complicate as well as enhance China’s advance to international prominence. Newly revised, this edition features more extensive treatment of China’s role in the international economy and greater discussion of its relations with the developing world.

Providing a comprehensive introduction to Chinese foreign relations, Sutter shows Chinese leaders exerting growing influence in world affairs but remaining far from dominant. Facing numerous contradictions and trade-offs, they move cautiously to avoid major confrontations, costly commitments, or mistakes that could undermine their one-party rule as they deal with an international environment posing numerous challenges as well as opportunities for Chinese interests.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Strategy and Continuity in Contemporary Chinese Foreign Policy
1
Implications for Chinese Foreign Relations
17
Chapter 3 Changing Patterns in Decision Making and International Outlook
39
Chapter 4 Chinas Role in the World Economy and International Governance
69
Chapter 5 Chinese National Security Policies
111
Chapter 6 Relations with the United States
131
Chapter 7 Relations with Taiwan
153
Chapter 8 Relations with Japan and Korea
173
Chapter 10 Relations with Southern Asia and Central Asia
237
Chapter 11 Relations with Russia and Europe
267
Chapter 12 Relations with the Middle East Africa and Latin America
295
Chapter 13 Prospects
337
Notes
345
Selected Bibliography
409
Index
427
About the Author
435

Chapter 9 Relations with Southeast Asia Australia New Zealand and the Pacific Islands
205

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About the author (2012)

Robert G. Sutter is professor of practice in international affairs at the Elliott School of George Washington University.

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