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Chinese Foreign Policy

An Introduction, 3rd Edition

By Marc Lanteigne


222 pages

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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.


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

Table of Contents

1: Introduction: The Reconstruction 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. Strategic Thinking and the Roles of the Military 6. The United States Views China (and China Views the United States) 7. China’s Peripheral Diplomacy 8. Moving Beyond the Asia-Pacific: China’s Cross-Regional Foreign Policies

About the Author

Marc Lanteigne is Senior Research Fellow at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), Oslo. He is the author/editor of four books on China as well as several articles on Chinese and Asian international relations.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Asia / China
HISTORY / Military / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Diplomacy
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / General