The study of contemporary China constitutes a fascinating yet challenging area of scholarly inquiry. Recent decades have brought dramatic changes to China's economy, society and governance. Analyzing such changes in the context of multiple disciplinary perspectives offers opportunites as well as challenges for scholars in the field known as contemporary China Studies. The SAGE Handbook of Contemporary China is a two-volume exploration of the transformations of contemporary China, firmly grounded in the both disciplinary and China-specific contexts. Drawing on a range of scholarly approaches found in the social sciences and history, an international team of contributors engage with the question of what a rapidly changing China means for the broader field of contemporary China studies, and identify areas of promising future research. Part 1: Context: History, Economy, and the Environment Part 2: Economic Transformations Part 3: Politics and Government Part 4: China on the Global Stage Part 5: China's Foreign Policy Part 6: National and Nested Identities Part 7: Urbanization and Spatial Development Part 8: Poverty and Inequality Part 9: Social Change Part 10: Future Directions for Contemporary China Studies

China's Foreign Policy: Introduction

China's Foreign Policy: Introduction
China's Foreign Policy: Introduction

The study of China's foreign policy and external relations in recent decades has drawn close attention from international relations theorists, security specialists, and military analysts, many whose academic training came in fields outside the domain of China Studies (Luttwak 2012; Allison 2017). In fact, some of these specialists assert in private that their lack of area studies work gives them greater detachment to observe and critically analyze Chinese foreign policy behavior and strategy than scholars trained in the complexities of Chinese history and culture. But as the chapters in this section illustrate, there is much to be said for the contributions that China scholars have made to the study of Chinese foreign relations. As a group, these ...

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