China's Foreign Policy

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John Wiley & Sons, Jul 2, 2014 - Political Science - 240 pages
China’s inexorable rise as a major world power is one of the defining features of the contemporary political landscape. But should we heed the warnings of a so-called ‘China threat?’ Is China set to become the next superpower? Or will its ambitions be tempered by economic and political realities both at home and abroad?

In this insightful and balanced analysis, noted China expert Stuart Harris explores China’s present foreign policy and its motivations, focusing in particular on the extent to which China will co-operate with the West in years to come. He considers what factors, international or domestic, will influence the foreign policies being shaped in Beijing, including how far the Chinese regime will adhere to existing global norms and the evolving international system. In contemplating this uncertain future, Harris assesses the considerable challenges and vulnerabilities likely to impact on Chinese foreign policy, leading it to be cautious and hesitant or assertive and aggressive on the international stage. Concise and authoritative, this book will be essential reading for anyone seeking a clearer understanding of the international relations of one of the world’s most important powers.
 

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Contents

South Korea
Preface
Foreign Policy Decision Making
China the World and the International System
Insecurity and Vulnerability
Military Threats and Responses
Economic Foreign Policy
China Its Neighbours and Beyond
Foreign Policy in Transition
References
Index
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Stuart Harris is Professor Emeritus of International Relations at the Australian National University, and a former head of the Australian department for foreign affairs and trade

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