The Reluctant Dragon: Crisis Cycles in Chinese Foreign Economic Policy

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Chinese foreign economic policy before 1978 has been considered isolationist and centered on Maoist self-reliance, but in The Reluctant Dragon, Lawrence Reardon relies on primary sources, including Chinese Communist Party histories and other restricted-circulation materials to show that China's apparently sudden turn outward in 1978 was actually an extension of previous experiments hobbled by bureaucratic infighting and conflict among rival elites.

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Overview

Chinese foreign economic policy before 1978 has been considered isolationist and centered on Maoist self-reliance, but in The Reluctant Dragon, Lawrence Reardon relies on primary sources, including Chinese Communist Party histories and other restricted-circulation materials to show that China's apparently sudden turn outward in 1978 was actually an extension of previous experiments hobbled by bureaucratic infighting and conflict among rival elites.

Lawrence C. Reardon is associate professor of political science at the University of New Hampshire.

"Far and away the most comprehensive and detailed account of China's foreign economic policy making. . . . The range of primary source materials discovered and used in this study is truly incredible." -Nicholas R. Lardy, Peterson Institute for International Economics

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780295993768
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2014
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 3
1 The Domestic Determinants of Chinese Foreign Economic Policy 13
2 Antinomies of Chinese Development, 1949-1958 48
3 Neomercantilism versus Self-Sufficiency, 1959-1966 97
4 Chaos and the Cultural Revolution, 1966-1971 129
5 Resurrecting the Four Modernizations, 1971-1974 149
6 The Abbreviated Leftist Response, 1974-1976 167
7 The Great Leap Outward, 1977-1979 181
8 Conclusion 210
App. A Note on Chinese Sources 217
App. B CCP Central Committee and State Council Emergency Directive, 26 October 1959 226
App. C CCP Central Committee Approval of Export Commodity Production Base Establishment, 30 June 1960 227
App. D CCP Central Committee Emergency Directive on Foreign Trade, 10 August 1960 229
Abbreviations 231
Notes 233
Bibliography 307
Index 333
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