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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

Chinese Foreign Policy: Southeast Asia
Chinese Foreign Policy: Southeast Asia
Taomo Zhou Hong Liu
Introduction

Traditionally known in Chinese as the ‘South Seas’ (Nanyang 南洋), it is only since World War II that the area south of China and east of India has been called ‘Southeast Asia (东南亚)’ in both English and Chinese. Today's Southeast Asia is a diverse region composed of eleven nations: Brunei, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Contemporary China–Southeast Asia relations have been shaped by longstanding geopolitical, ethnic and economic ties. From the ‘domino theory’ of the Cold War era to the ongoing tensions in the South China Sea, China has often been perceived as a ...

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