Chinese Foreign Relations: Power and Policy since the Cold War / Edition 3

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Suisheng Zhao
China’s increasingly assertive behavior during the recent global financial meltdown has raised a critically important question: Will the pragmatic accommodation and moderation that has characterized Chinese foreign policy for several decades be discontinued after China’s rise as a great power in the twenty-first century? Robert Sutter’s book is a remarkable tour de force in its analysis of Chinese foreign policy in recent decades and provides an informed guide for readers to understand the uncertain future of China’s international relations in the years to come.
Minxin Pei
Robert Sutter’s Chinese Foreign Relations offers a penetrating, balanced, and insightful analysis of the motivations behind Beijing’s post-Cold War grand strategy and the measures taken to advance it. It is simply the best book published in recent years on this important subject and should be required reading for everyone interested in trying to understand China’s future role in international affairs.
Asian Politics & Policy
This book is an ideal reference for anyone who shares a deep interest in China studies, especially in the evolution and trends in Chinese foreign policy. Sutter surveys the major streams of thought on different facets of Chinese foreign policy, showing the wide gamut of perspectives on this interesting subject. Students, researchers, professors, and longtime China watchers will find great value in reading this scholarly work.
Journal of Asian Studies
PRAISE FOR THE FIRST EDITION This engaging and well-written volume is primarily designed to provide non-specialists a comprehensive discussion of China's evolving relationship with the rest of the international system since the late 1980s, and it will attract a great deal of interest in the field. . . . It is likely to become a standard text for teaching undergraduates about China's increasingly complex role on the international stage, while also serving as a valuable introduction to this dynamic for anyone with a nascent interest in China.
Journal of Chinese Political Science
This is a good introductory text on China’s foreign relations, from a realist, American point of view. . . . His analysis of the Chinese leadership’s domestic and international constraints is objective and balanced. The updating of the volume has been quite thorough.
Journal Of Asian Studies
PRAISE FOR THE FIRST EDITION This engaging and well-written volume is primarily designed to provide non-specialists a comprehensive discussion of China's evolving relationship with the rest of the international system since the late 1980s, and it will attract a great deal of interest in the field. . . . It is likely to become a standard text for teaching undergraduates about China's increasingly complex role on the international stage, while also serving as a valuable introduction to this dynamic for anyone with a nascent interest in China.
China Journal
PRAISE FOR THE FIRST EDITION This is an excellent survey of contemporary Chinese foreign policy, well-suited to use in university classes. With thirty-three years' service analyzing Chinese foreign policy, in both legislative and executive branches of the US government, Sutter's judgments are balanced and mature. His writing style is lucid and his presentation of arguments clear and systematic.
Political Science Quarterly
PRAISE FOR THE FIRST EDITION Sutter provides a valuable policy-related discussion of China's bilateral relationships. . . . There is a richness of discussion and analysis that is as welcome as it is refreshing.
CHOICE
PRAISE FOR THE FIRST EDITION The best survey of both change and continuity in Chinese foreign policy in the period since the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. . . . Recommended.
The China Journal
This is an excellent survey of contemporary Chinese foreign policy, well-suited to use in university classes. With thirty-three years' service analyzing Chinese foreign policy, in both legislative and executive branches of the US government, Sutter's judgments are balanced and mature. His writing style is lucid and his presentation of arguments clear and systematic.
— 10/1/08
Choice
The best survey of both change and continuity in Chinese foreign policy in the period since the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991....Recommended.
March 2008 Foreign Affairs
For over three decades, Sutter worked to give the U.S. government accurate information about developments in Asia as the basis for its policymaking. Now out of government, he here demonstrates his formidable analytic skills for a wider audience, arguing that much of the debate about China's potential to become a superpower fails to take into account its domestic pressures.
John Garver
PRAISE FOR THE FIRST EDITION
Sutter's survey of Chinese foreign relations is the new standard-setter for the field. Integrating China's domestic concerns with shifting strategic perceptions and decision making processes, Sutter carefully outlines China's relations not only with the United States but with all regions of the world. His stress on the restraint of Chinese decision makers in dealing with the world is an important contribution and a welcome antidote to less-balanced views of China's rise.
Robert Ross
PRAISE FOR THE FIRST EDITION
Robert Sutter is one of America's foremost scholars on Chinese foreign policy. He has written a highly informative, knowledgeable, and timely book on an important subject—rising China's growing role in the world economy and its evolving security and economic policies toward the United States and its Asian neighbors. Well-written and well-organized, Chinese Foreign Relations should be read by specialists and policy makers, and it can be widely used in the classroom.
Michael Yahuda
PRAISE FOR THE FIRST EDITION
This definitive study of China's contemporary foreign policy by one of the most experienced and knowledgeable experts in Washington will be indispensable for teachers, students, and all those currently engaged with China.
David M. Lampton
PRAISE FOR THE FIRST EDITION
Comprehensive and balanced, this is a panoramic text. It examines both the historical and policy process roots of contemporary Chinese foreign policy. This volume reflects what Bob Sutter does so well: summarizes available scholarship, gives the pros and cons of various schools of thought, indicates where he thinks the balanced position is to be found, and provides a comprehensive view of the subject.
The China Journal - 10/1/08
This is an excellent survey of contemporary Chinese foreign policy, well-suited to use in university classes. With thirty-three years' service analyzing Chinese foreign policy, in both legislative and executive branches of the US government, Sutter's judgments are balanced and mature. His writing style is lucid and his presentation of arguments clear and systematic.
December 2008 Journal Of Asian Studies
This engaging and well-written volume is primarily designed to provide non-specialists a comprehensive discussion of China's evolving relationship with the rest of the international system since the late 1980s, and it will attract a great deal of interest in the field....It is likely to become a standard text for teaching undergraduates about China's increasingly complex role on the international stage, while also serving as a valuable introduction to this dynamic for anyone with a nascent interest in China.
Foreign Affairs
PRAISE FOR THE FIRST EDITION For over three decades, Sutter worked to give the U.S. government accurate information about developments in Asia as the basis for its policymaking. Now out of government, he here demonstrates his formidable analytic skills for a wider audience, arguing that much of the debate about China's potential to become a superpower fails to take into account its domestic pressures.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442211353
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/26/2012
  • Series: Asia in World Politics Series
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 446
  • Sales rank: 841,728
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert G. Sutter is professor of practice in international affairs at the Elliott School of George Washington University.

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Table of Contents

1 Strategy and Continuity in Contemporary Chinese Foreign Policy
2 Chinese Leadership Priorities: Implications for Chinese Foreign Relations
3 Changing Patterns in Decision Making and International Outlook
4 China’s Role in the World Economy and International Governance
5 Chinese National Security Policies
6 Relations with the United States
7 Relations with Taiwan
8 Relations with Japan and Korea
9 Relations with Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands
10 Relations with Southern Asia and Central Asia
11 Relations with Russia and Europe
12 Relations with the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America
13 Prospects Notes Selected Bibliography About the Author

Robert G. Sutter is professor of practice in international affairs at the Elliott School of George Washington University.

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