East Asian Languages and Cultures | Chinese Foreign Policy
E392 | 1685 | Kennedy


We are bombarded with conflicting images of China's place in the
world. Some argue that China is challenging the US as a regional or
global hegemon (witness its actions against Taiwan), while others
hold China is a status-quo powr whose interests are in concert with
the international community's (hence its support for the war on
terrorism). This course considers these possibilities by examining
several influences on China's foreign policy (domestic institutions,
culture, the balance of power, and ideology) that shapes its
security, economic and cultural relations. The focus will be on
relations with particular regions (the US, Asia) and with various
global regimes (arms control, trade).

Assignments include 75-100 pages of weekly reading, two or three
papers, a mid-term, and a final. There are no formal prerequisites,
but students SHOULD already have taken a course involving Chinese
history or politics, or international relations theory.