4th Edition

Chinese Foreign Policy An Introduction

By Marc Lanteigne Copyright 2020
    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    This updated and expanded fourth edition of Chinese Foreign Policy seeks to examine the decision-makers, processes, and rationales behind China’s expanding international relations as well as offering an in-depth look at China’s modern global relations.

    Among the key issues explored in this edition are:

    • The further expansion of Chinese foreign policy from regional (Asia-Pacific) to international interests;
    • How the government of Xi Jinping has pursued a more confident great power foreign policy agenda;
    • China’s growing economic power in an era of global financial uncertainty and the return of protectionism;
    • Modern security challenges, including counter-terrorism, cyber-security, maritime power, military reform and modernisation, and the protection of overseas economic interests;
    • China’s shifting power relationship with the United States under President Donald Trump;
    • The deeper engagement of Beijing with a growing number of international and regional institutions and legal affairs;
    • Cross-regional diplomacy, including updated sections on Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, and Russia / Eurasia, as well as Oceania and the Polar regions;
    • The development of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) as a centrepiece of China’s foreign policy.

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

    1. Introduction: The Reconstruction (and Expansion) of Chinese Foreign Policy

    2. Who (and What) Makes Chinese Foreign Policy Today?

    3. China in the World Economy

    4. Multilateralism and International Institutions

    5. China’s Military and Emerging Security Concerns

    6. The United States Views China (and China Views the United States)

    7. China’s Peripheral Diplomacy in the Asia-Pacific

    8. Moving Beyond the Asia-Pacific: China’s Cross-Regional Foreign Policies


    Marc Lanteigne is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Tromsø, Norway.

    Praise for previous editions:

    'The best overall analysis of China's engagement in the global political economy currently available in the textbook literature.' -- Lowell Dittmar, University of California, Berkeley, USA

    'A succinct, authoritative and up-to-date Chinese foreign policy textbook.' -- Andrew Scobell, RAND, USA