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When Beijing hosted the 2008 Summer Olympics, China symbolically asserted its role as an emerging world power—a position it is not likely to relinquish anytime soon. China’s growing economy, military reforms, and staggering productivity have contributed to its ascendancy as a major player in international affairs. Western scholars have attempted to explain Chinese foreign policy using historical or theoretical evidence, but until this volume, few studies from a Chinese perspective have been published in English.

In Challenges to Chinese Foreign Policy: Diplomacy, Globalization, and the Next World Power, editors Yufan Hao, C. X. George Wei, and Lowell Dittmer reveal how Chinese scholars view their nation’s rise to global dominance. Drawing from a wealth of foreign relations experts including scholars native to the region, this volume examines the unique challenges China faces as it adapts in its role as a world leader, and it analyzes how China’s evolving international relationships are shaping the global landscape of the twenty-first century.

Yufan Hao is professor of political science at Colgate University, as well as professor and dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, the University of Macau.

George Wei is associate professor of history at Susquehanna University, PA, as well as associate professor and coordinator of the History Program, the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, the University of Macau.

Lowell Dittmer is professor of political science at the University of California at Berkeley.

"This is an important and timely work. It increases our understanding of PRC foreign policy and the factors that shape it."—Dennis V. Hickey, author of Foreign Policy Making in Taiwan: From Principles to Pragmatism

"This volume makes a significant contribution to scholarship in Chinese foreign policy by examining challenging theoretical and policy issues. The authors ask important questions and help to solve multiple puzzles in Chinese foreign policy."—Guoli Liu

“This collection . . . seeks to offer an alternative approach to western views of China’s rapidly developing international relations in light of sweeping changes to its global well as fresh insights on some of the most important past and present issues relating to the country’s ongoing opening to the world.”—International Affairs

“The essays afford insight into China’s aims and attitudes. There are equally useful chapters on the questions of Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao, and North Korea."—Asian Affairs

“Empirically rich . . . this book is one of the very few in English that present the perspectives of Chinese scholars on China's foreign policy.”—China Review International

“Eight highly knowledgeable scholars have jointly made this book exemplary.”—Journal of Chinese Political Science

“The volume is a great resource for students and researchers working on Chinese diplomatic history, as it gives a useful survey of the various topics in Chinese foreign relations."—China Quarterly

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The University Press of Kentucky

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Lexington, KY






China, Foreign relations, Foreign policy, Globalization


International Relations


Edited by Yufan Hao, C.X. George Wei, and Lowell Dittmer with contributions by Zhang Baijia, Jianwei Wang, Jia Quingguo, Baohui Zhang, Xinning Song, Quansheng Zhao, Shi Yinhong, Du Youkang, Zhidong Hao, Ting Wai, Suisheng Zhao, Shen Zhihua, Xiaoyuan Liu, and Wenshan Jia.

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