This book is a study of the making of foreign policy of China, a rising power in the 21st century. It examines three sets of driving forces behind China’s foreign policy making. One is historical sources, including the selective memories and reconstruction of the glorious empire with an ethnocentric world outlook and the century of humiliation at the hands of foreign imperialist powers. The second set is domestic institutions and players, particularly the proliferation of new party and government institutions and players, such as the national security commission, foreign policy think tanks, media and local governments. The third set is Chinese perception of power relations, particularly their position in the international system and their position relations with major powers.
This book consists of articles from the Journal of Contemporary China.
Table of Contents
Part I: Historical Sources 1. Rethinking the Chinese World Order: The Imperial Cycle and Rise of China 2. History, Tradition and the China Dream: Socialist Modernization in the World of Great Harmony 3. The Tenacious Tributary System 4. The ‘Tianxia Trope’: Can China Change the International System? 5. Glorious Memory of Imperial China and the Rise of Chinese Populist Nationalism Part II: Institutions and Players 6. Xi Jinping: Seizing the Commanding Heights and China’s National Security Commission 7. China´s Foreign Policy Think Tanks:Institutional Evolution and Changing Roles 8. Towards an Integrated Theory of Chinese Foreign Policy: Bringing Leadership Personality Back In 9. The PLA and Diplomacy: Unraveling Some Myths about Civil-Military Interaction in Chinese Foreign Policy-Making 10. Chinese media and foreign policy 11. Local Liberalism: China's Provincial Approaches to Relations with Southeast Asia Part III: Chinese Perceptions of Power Relations 12. How (Dis)Satified is China? A Power Transition Theory Perspective 13. Chinese Perceptions of US Return to Southeast Asia and the Prospect of China’s Peaceful Rise 14. China’s Evolving Views of the Korean-American Alliance, 1953-2012 15. An Emerging Consensus on the US Threat--The United States According to PLA Officers 16. The Chinese Perceptions of the European Union
Suisheng Zhao is Professor and Director of the Center for China-US Cooperation at Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver and founding editor of the Journal of Contemporary China.