Chinese Foreign Relations

Chinese Foreign Relations : Power and Policy since the Cold War

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Displaying new assertiveness and prominence, China under President Xi Jinping is rightly considered an emerging superpower backed by growing economic and impressive military strength. 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 China's neighbors and the United States and China's growing dependence on the world economy complicate and constrain as well as enhance China's advance to international prominence.

Providing a comprehensive introduction to Chinese foreign relations, Sutter shows China exerting growing influence in world affairs but remaining far from dominant. Facing numerous contradictions and tradeoffs, Chinese leaders-even the self-assured Xi Jinping-avoid major confrontations with powerful competitors and eschew the costly commitments associated with regional and global leadership.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 430 pages
  • 150 x 229 x 23mm | 576g
  • Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • Fourth Edition
  • 0 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1442253282
  • 9781442253285
  • 589,423

Table of contents


Chapter One: Continuity and Strategy in Contemporary Chinese Foreign Policy
Chapter Two: Chinese Leadership Priorities: Implications for Chinese Foreign Relations
Chapter Three: Changing Patterns in Decision Making and International Outlook
Chapter Four: China's Role in the World Economy and International Governance
Chapter Five: Chinese National Security Policies
Chapter Six: Relations with the United States
Chapter Seven: Relations with Taiwan
Chapter Eight: Relations with Japan and Korea
Chapter Nine: Relations with Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands
Chapter Ten: Relations with Southern Asia and Central Asia
Chapter Eleven: Relations with Russia and Europe
Chapter Twelve: Relations with the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America
Chapter Thirteen: Prospects

Selected Bibliography
About the Author
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Review quote

Robert Sutter is one of America's most knowledgeable and respected scholars of Chinese foreign policy, U.S.-China relations, and contemporary East Asia security. In this book, Sutter offers a well-informed and up-to-date analysis of the most important developments in contemporary Chinese security policy, including an analysis of the growing tension in U.S.-China relations and throughout maritime East Asia since Xi Jinping became the president of China. Chinese Foreign Relations is required reading for anyone interested in rising China's foreign policy and its growing challenge to U.S. security. -- Robert Ross, Harvard University Chinese Foreign Relations is a remarkable tour-de-force by Robert Sutter, a seasoned China-watcher. Exploring the driving forces and significant development in China's foreign relations as a rising power since the Cold War, Sutter provides an in-depth and comprehensive analysis of the development of China's foreign policy priorities, the decision pattern, and their implications for China's international behavior. This is an insightful and timely work that leads to understanding how an increasingly powerful China will challenge the existing international order and conduct its foreign relations. This lucid yet authoritative book will be of particular interest to students of Chinese foreign policy as well as to informed general readers. -- Suisheng Zhao, University of Denver Robert Sutter's Chinese Foreign Relations is already a classic in its field. Unrivaled in its breadth and originality, the book offers not only a systematic analysis of Chinese strategic perspectives and policymaking processes, but also examines how they affect Beijing's critical foreign policies. Those concerned about China's growing influence and its impact on the world will undoubtedly benefit from Sutter's refreshing insights and encyclopedic knowledge. -- Minxin Pei, Claremont McKenna College
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About Robert G. Sutter

Robert G. Sutter was an analyst of Asian and Pacific affairs and American foreign policy for the U.S. government for thirty years. He is now Professor of Practice of International Affairs, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University.
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