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Analyzing China’s Foreign Policy: Domestic Politics, Public Opinion And Leaders

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This chapter identifies the changed domestic context of the construction of Chinese foreign policy. The use of professional staff unhindered by communist ideology—and the attention of the public—is increasingly constraining and guiding Chinese international relations. For example, when nationalist Chinese call for action against the Japanese arrest of Chinese fishermen, how can the Chinese Communist Party justify inaction? The role of leaders is identified as an emerging area of study.


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China's Strategic Priorities




Jonathan H. Ping and Brett McCormick

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Eric Hyer received a Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University. He is presently an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Coordinator of Asian Studies at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, USA. He is the author of The Pragmatic Dragon: China’s Grand Strategy and Boundary Settlements.

Zhang Qingmin received an M.A. from Brigham Young University and Ph.D. from China Foreign Affairs University. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Diplomacy, School of International Studies at Peking University, Beijing, China. He is the author of China’s Diplomacy and U.S. Arms Sales Policy towards Taiwan: A Decision-Making Perspective.

Jordan Hamzawi
received a B.A. in International Relations and Japanese from Brigham Young University and an M.A. in Japanese Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Political Science at University of California-Davis.



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