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From the Publisher'In his eloquent analysis of how Chinese themselves perceive their country’s much enhanced global profile, Jian Yang suggests that it behooves Beijing to “address other countries’ concerns about its rise in a more sophisticated, rational manner”. “Clearly, the acceptance of China’s rise by the international society is a core Chinese national interest”, Yang argues. As the Chinese Communist Party makes preparations for an unprecedented grandiose military parade to mark the 60th anniversary of the People’s Republic on 1 October 2009, however, the question of whether Beijing will temper its hard-nosed power projection with sensitivity towards the feelings of friends and foes looms ever larger on the world'stage.'
Willy Lam, Akita International University, Japan