Chinese Foreign Policy offers an unprecedented survey of China's foreign relations since 1949. The contributors include leading historians, economists, and political scientists in the field of Chinese studies, as well as noteworthy international relations specialists. The principal purposes of the volume are to assess the variety of sources that give shape to Chinese foreign policy, and to trace four decades of Chinese interaction with the world.
Individual chapters include consideration of the historical, perceptual, economic, and political sources of Chinese foreign policy; how the international strategic and technological systems impact on China and vice
versa; China's evolving relations with the United States, the former Soviet Union, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia since the Chinese Communist Party came to power; patterns in China's co-operative and conflictual behaviour; how China negotiates; China's role in the international economy; and the relationship between international relations theory and the study of Chinese foreign policy. Studies of these subjects are retrospective, but they consider various scenarios for the future
evolution of China's relations with the world community. Contributors: Wendy Frieman, Steven M. Goldstein, Carol Lee Hamrin, Harry Harding, Lillian Craig Harris, Harold C. Hinton,
Samuel S. Kim, Wiliam C. Kirby, Paul H. Kreisberg, Steven I. Levine, Barry Naughton, James N. Rosenau, Madelyn C. Ross, Philip Snow, William T. Tow, Wang Jisi, Allen S. Whiting, Michael B. Yahuda, and the editors.
`Chinese Foreign Policy contains much incisive writing ... excellent book.'
Times Literary Supplement
'This is, perhaps, the best single text on Chinese foreign policy that I have read. The editors are to be congratulated on the conception and execution of this volume ... the strength of this volume is its comprehensiveness. There is barely an aspect of China's foreign policy-making that is not considered in some depth ... this is a volume which is not only a lollipop for the specialist (I had fun jhust reading the footnotes), but also demands to be in
paperback for teaching purposes.'
Paul Wingrove, University of Greenwich, International Affairs
`Well-written essays ... This comprehensive and well-organized book is likely to be consulted for years to come ... The volume ranges widely yet systematically over its broad, elusive topic.'
Free China Review
`This is an impressive and invaluable book. This volume shows how important and fruitful it is to adopt an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Chinese foreign policy. The book has made a significant contribution to our understanding of both China's foreign relations and the state of the art of Chinese foreign policy studies, and will undoubtedly become a major work of reference for students and scholars of contemporary China for some time to
`Anyone seeking a clearer understanding of China's place in the world would benefit from this volume, which is based on a conference held in August 1990, bringing together some fo the leading specialists in the field ... The coverage is impressive.'
`The book is an entirely worthwhile read for anyone who seeks a better understanding of why the bureaucrats in Beijing do the things they do.'
`Seeks to clear up any misunderstandings and guide the reader step-by-step through the hows and whys of China's foreign policy. The book is the first comprehensive discussion of the prime motivators behind China's relations with the world ... The book is an entirely worthwhile read for anyone who seeks a better understanding of why the bureaucrats in Beijing do the things they do.'
`Certain to shape and define future research on China's foreign relations and could be used concurrently in undergraduate and graduate courses. Especially useful for students is David Shambaugh's bibliographical essay on research sources in his volume's appendix.'
`The healthy differences between these two scholars reflect the richness in style of the whole volume and the high degree of sophistication of its twenty-two studies by experienced scholars ... every essay in the book provides important scholarship on China's foreign policy and on the development of foreign perceptions of China.'
The Australian Journal of Chinese Affairs