In 1949 Mao Zedong made the historic proclamation that "the Chinese people have stood up". This statement was significant, undoubtedly reflecting the changing nature not only of China’s self-perception, but also of its relationship with the rest of the world. In terms of reducing the imperialist presence of the West and Japan within China, and reasserting China’s territorial integrity and legal sovereignty to the outside world, Mao and China can indeed be seen to have successfully ‘stood up’. However, the development of China’s position in the hitherto Western-dominated international system has been more ambiguous.
In China Stands Up David Scott examines the PRC’s presence in the international system, from 1949 to the present, and also looks forward to the future, asking:
Engaging with a rich tapestry of sources and imagery, ranging from governmental, media, academic and popular settings, and bridging the divide between history and international relations, this book will appeal to students and scholars of both these fields, as well as those interested in Chinese politics and foreign policy.
1. Images in International Affairs and their Legacy for China 2. China ‘Leans to One Side’ in the Cold War 3. China Against the World 4. China Re-Joins the Cold War…Against the USSR 5. A Reviving Middle Kingdom for China 6. A Reviving Middle Kingdom for China’s Neighbours 7. Up Against the Hegemon, the USA 8. China and the World in the 21st Century 9. The International System and China in the 21st Century