Widely regarded as the most comprehensive comparative foreign policy text, Foreign Policy in Comparative Perspective has been completely updated in this much-anticipated second edition. The editors have brought together fifteen top scholars to highlight the importance of both internal and external forces in foreign policymaking. Exploring the foreign policies of thirteen nations—both major and emerging players, and representing all regions of the world—chapter authors link the study of international relations to domestic politics, while treating each nation according to individual histories and contemporary dilemmas. The book's accessible theoretical framework is designed to enable comparative analysis, helping students discern patterns to understand why a state acts as it does in foreign affairs. Each of the thirteen country chapters includes: an introduction by the editors to highlight similar developments in other countries; a discussion of the linkages between internal and external factors and implications for the future; coverage of key foreign policy issues; a map to provide geographical context; and a list of suggested readings.
Chapter 6: Foreign Policy of the People's Republic of China
Foreign Policy of the People's Republic of China
The most populous country in the world and a nuclear power, China has also become an economic giant capable of influencing the global order. Its success at gradually liberalizing its economy has given China a prominent profile into the foreseeable future. Yet, the communist leadership of China has historically defended its sovereignty, attempted to chart an independent course, and emphasized non-interference by outside forces in its internal affairs. But China today is increasingly involved in international organizations and the setting of international norms and rules. Its use of “soft power” in foreign policy to attract others to its culture and way of life clearly suggests an effort to ...