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."

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large aid program in China. Beijing responded by reminding Japan again of its record of aggression in China. The fiftieth anniversary of the end of the Pacific War was used in China as an opportunity for extensive media examination of Japan’s military past.25 In November 1995, the presidents of China and South Korea held a joint press conference in Seoul in which they criticized Japan’s alleged failure to address adequately its history of aggression. Although China and South Korea often had

Cold War also led Japanese manufacturers and other businesses to highly value China as a platform for production destined for Japanese and foreign markets and as an economic market of large potential for Japanese goods and services. China sometimes resisted perceived inequities in the bilateral economic relationship. Alleged efforts by Japanese government–backed companies to dominate key sectors of China’s market were an important focal point for anti-Japanese demonstrations in Chinese cities in

beginning in 2008, but the buildup of Chinese and U.S. forces targeted at one another continued.42 11_517_Sutter.indb 29 12/15/11 7:36 AM 30 Chapter 2 THE OUTLOOK FOR REGIME SURVIVAL Regime survival remained the central concern of China’s leaders. The balance sheet of the challenges facing the administration and the strengths of the communist administration argued for its continuing in power, though there was considerable debate among specialists about the future and directions of China’s

Continuity in Contemporary Chinese Foreign Policy 7 creating linkages that make China an indispensable or at least very attractive actor whose interests the system’s key actors are reluctant to undermine. The other component is an activist international agenda designed to establish China’s reputation as a responsible member of the international community and to mute widespread concerns about how Beijing is likely to employ its growing capabilities, thus reducing the incentives for others to

crackdown or for other reasons if they expected Chinese cooperation, or at least acquiescence, with their initiatives before the Security Council. Thus, despite past Chinese association with the notorious Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, Western powers sought Chinese involvement and assistance in coming up with a 1991 peace plan for Cambodia that was backed by the Perm-Five. The United States and other Western governments tended to mute their recent criticism of Chinese human rights and other policies at

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