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China's Struggle for Status


  • 4 tables
  • Page extent: 314 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.53 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 327.51
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: DS779.27 .D46 2008
  • LC Subject headings:
    • China--Foreign relations--1976-
    • China--International status

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521886666)

At the end of the Cold War the People's Republic of China found itself in an international crisis, facing severe problems in both domestic politics and foreign policy. Nearly two decades later, Yong Deng provides an original account of China's remarkable rise from the periphery to the center stage of the post-Cold War world. Deng examines how the once beleaguered country has adapted to, and proactively realigned, the international hierarchy, great-power politics, and its regional and global environment in order to carve out an international path within the globalized world. Creatively engaging with mainstream international relations theories and drawing extensively from original Chinese material, this is a well-grounded assessment of the promises and challenges of China's struggle to manage the interlacing of its domestic and international transitions and the interactive process between its rise and evolving world politics.

• Underscores China's struggle to balance domestic and international priorities and the change in its global power • Deals with China's reactions to the 'China threat theories' contestation of the international human rights; strategic partnerships with Russia, the EU and India; interdependent rivalry with Japan; diplomatic offensive in Asia and Africa; and policy adjustments on Taiwan • Draws extensively on original Chinese writings to provide a first-hand understanding of the Chinese debate and perspectives


1. Introduction; 2. International status and Chinese foreign policy; 3. Negotiating the human rights standard; 4. Reacting to the 'China threat theories'; 5. Strategic partnerships with Russia, the European Union, and India; 6. Independent rivalry with Japan; 7. Rediscovering Asia and Africa: the multilateral turn; 8. Taiwan and China's rise; 9. China's foreign relations and the emerging great-power politics.


'… his book offers good insights into China's move from the periphery towards the centre of world affairs. He draws on many interesting Chinese sources, including for example academics who have argued that China will achieve full international recognition only when it embraces democracy.' Asian Affairs

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