The Crab and Frog Motion Paradigm Shift: Decoding and Deciphering Taipei and Beijing's Dialectical Politics

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In Crab and Frog Motion Paradigm Shift, Peter Kien-hong Yu presents a dialectical approach to the study of Chinese (Communist) politics. Yu demonstrates that the application of non-dialectical approaches to the study of Chinese politics over the last eighty years is misguided, due to ample evidence showing that Chinese political figures made use of a particular version of dialectics in their thought and actions. Through case studies, Yu demonstrates that the perception of reality, in terms of dialectics and ...

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Overview

In Crab and Frog Motion Paradigm Shift, Peter Kien-hong Yu presents a dialectical approach to the study of Chinese (Communist) politics. Yu demonstrates that the application of non-dialectical approaches to the study of Chinese politics over the last eighty years is misguided, due to ample evidence showing that Chinese political figures made use of a particular version of dialectics in their thought and actions. Through case studies, Yu demonstrates that the perception of reality, in terms of dialectics and non-dialectics, makes a striking difference to political analysis, and shows that this framework of thought and action can be applied to any case, word, number, letter, or symbol. This book was awarded a grant by the East Asian Research Institute (U.S.) October 2001.

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Editorial Reviews

China Quarterly
Perhaps the book's greatest achievement is its demonstration of just how difficult it is to try to quantify and measure and actor's decision-making process, particularly when that process is shrouded within China's opaque political system.
— Benjamin T. Brake
The China Quarterly - Benjamin T. Brake
Perhaps the book's greatest achievement is its demonstration of just how difficult it is to try to quantify and measure and actor's decision-making process, particularly when that process is shrouded within China's opaque political system.
Booknews
A political scientist who has worked in the US and Asia, and a specialist in Bicoastal Chinese affairs, Yu takes a dialectic approach to relations between the two Chinas (or maybe two parts of China), and asserts that dialecticians not only move sideways like crabs, but also leap like frogs from one framework to another. Some of the chapters have been published as journal articles. He does not provide an index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761821502
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 3/1/2002
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Kien-hong Yu is Senior Research Fellow, East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Methodological Issues: Chapter 3 Issues in Dialectical and Non-dialectical Analysis of Chinese (Communist) Politics Chapter 4 Examining the Structures and Properties of the Mind and Thinking of Chinese (Communist) Political Figures Chapter 5 Triangular and Triadic Relationships: Comparing and Contrasting Dialectical and Non-dialectical Approaches Chapter 6 The Application of Weiqi in Decoding and Deciphering Chinese (Communist) Behavior is for the Most Part Flawed Chapter 7 Case Studies- Taiwan: Chapter 8 A Dialectical Analysis of the Term "New Taiwanese" Chapter 9 Non-dialectical Observations can be Dialectically Defended or Understood: A Case Study of the March 2000 Election in Taiwan Chapter 10 The Republic of China on Taiwan and the Montevideo Convention Chapter 11 Taiwan's Security Forces Since May 2000: The Challenges of Divided Loyalty Chapter 12 Case Studies- Mainland China: Chapter 13 CHINA, China, and china: A Dialectical CHINA at Time/Space Sequence (n) Chapter 14 Conceptual Changes in International Relations After Setting Up Space Stations on the Moon and Mars: What Should Taipei and Beijing's Diplomats Know? Chapter 15 A Note on International Organization, International Organizations, and International Regimes: A Dialectical Discussion of Problems Chapter 16 Mainland China and Taiwan In and Out of Association of Southeast Asian Nations: Simplifying Their Relationship in Terms of Dialectical Frameworks Chapter 17 Naval Cooperation and Coordination between Taipei and Beijing in the South China Sea: Problems and Prospects Chapter 18 Why has Beijing Not Yet Made Political Concessions to Taipei? A Conceptual, Crab and Frog Motion Analysis Chapter 19 Bonzai for What Purpose? Mainland China's Worry Over Japan's Revival of Militarism Chapter 20 The Neglected Japan Factor in Taipei-Beijing-Washington Relations Chapter 21 Concluding Remarks Chapter 22 About the Author

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