Chinese Foreign Relations: Power and Policy Since the Cold War (3rd Edition)

Chinese Foreign Relations: Power and Policy Since the Cold War (3rd Edition)

Robert G. Sutter

Language: English

Pages: 447

ISBN: B00Y34462C

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


China is rightly considered an emerging power in world affairs as Chinese leaders, backed by growing economic and military strength, engage in innovative diplomatic approaches that pave the way for China's international role. But this is only part of the story of China s rise. As Robert G. Sutter shows in this meticulous and balanced assessment, the record of twists and turns in Chinese foreign relations since the end of the Cold War highlights a very different perspective. Domestic problems, nationalism, and security concerns continue to preoccupy Beijing, complicating China's influence and innovations in foreign affairs. On the international front, the actions of other powerful nations and growing dependence on the world economy complicate as well as enhance China s advance to international prominence. Newly revised, this edition features more extensive treatment of China s role in the international economy and greater discussion of its relations with the developing world. Providing a comprehensive introduction to Chinese foreign relations, Sutter shows Chinese leaders exerting growing influence in world affairs but remaining far from dominant. Facing numerous contradictions and trade-offs, they move cautiously to avoid major confrontations, costly commitments, or mistakes that could undermine their one-party rule as they deal with an international environment posing numerous challenges as well as opportunities for Chinese interests."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

greater power through recent foreign interactions.)1 In general, leaders of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) administration are focused on promoting China’s economic development while maintaining political and social stability in China. Their efforts help support one-party rule in China. Foreign policy serves these objectives by sustaining an international environment that supports economic growth and stability in China. This is done partly through active and generally moderate Chinese diplomacy

7:36 AM Changing Patterns in Decision Making and International Outlook 51 and pressing China to accept this fait accompli. Other foreign powers did little other than object. China stood basically alone as full-scale war broke out between China and much stronger and technologically superior Japanese forces in 1937. Through brutal and rapacious attacks, 1 million Japanese soldiers occupied the most productive parts of China, with the Chinese administration of Chiang Kai-shek seeking refuge deep

Shambaugh concludes that many of the Chinese specialists who dealt with U.S. affairs had a strong prejudice toward the United States as a hegemonic power driven by the desire for world dominance.29 A 2000 assessment by Phillip Saunders, following the Shambaugh study, argues that the end of the Cold War exposed underlying weaknesses in Chinese understanding of the United States. Although overall knowledge of the United States had improved over the decade, many Chinese analysts had a tendency to

important source of funds for the PLA and the Chinese administration in the 1980s and part of the 1990s. China supplied a wide array of arms to both sides during the Iran–Iraq war of the 1980s. Reforms conducted in the latter 1990s removed the PLA from business ventures at home and abroad. This, plus the fact that Chinese arms often are not competitive with the more sophisticated equipment available from other suppliers, meant that promoting arms sales abroad became a somewhat less salient

state-to-state relationship.” Seeing this as a new and bold step toward independence by Taiwan, Beijing reacted strongly, suspending formal exchanges through the cross-strait offices and escalating military pressures along the Taiwan Strait. Taken by surprise, U.S. officials endeavored to calm the situation. Lee’s latest move solidified his reputation in the Clinton administration as a troublemaker, though he retained important 11_517_Sutter.indb 156 12/15/11 7:36 AM Relations with Taiwan

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