Description : From its founding 65 years ago, the People's Republic of China has evolved from an important yet chaotic and impoverished state whose power was more latent than real into a great power on the cusp of possessing the largest economy in the world. Its path from the 1949 revolution to the presenthas been filled with twists and turns, including internal upheavals, a dramatic break with the Soviet Union, the 1989 revolution wave, and various wars and quasi-wars against India, the USSR, Vietnam, and South Korea. Throughout it all, international pressures have been omnipresent, forcing theregime to periodically shift course. In short, the evolution of the PROC in world politics is an epic story and one of the most important developments in modern world history. Yet to date, there has been no authoritative history of China's foreign relations.John Garver's monumental China's Quest not only addresses this gap; it will almost certainly serve as the definitive work on the topic for years to come. Garver, one of the world's leading scholars of Chinese foreign policy, covers a vast amount of ground and threads a core argument through theentirety of his account: domestic political concerns - regime survival in particular - have been the primary force driving the People's Republic's foreign policy agenda. The objective of communist regime survival, he argues, transcends the more rudimentary pursuit of national interests that realistsfocus on. Indeed, from 1949 onward, domestic politics has been integral to the PROC's foreign policy choices. Over the decades, the regime's decisions in the realm of international politics have been dictated concerns about internal stability. In the early days of the regime, Mao and other partleaders were concerned with surviving in the face of American aggression. Later, they came to see the post-Stalinist Soviet model as a threat to their revolutionary program and initiated a stunning break with Khrushchev regime. Finally, the collapse of other communist regimes in and after 1989radically altered their relationships with capitalist powers, and again preserving regime stability in a world where communism has been largely abandoned became paramount.China's Quest, the result of over a decade of research, writing, and analysis, is both sweeping in breadth and encyclopedic in detail. Quite simply, it will be essential for any student or scholar with a strong interest in China's foreign policy.
Description : How to define a Chinese national identity remains as hotly contested a question among today's Chinese citizens as it has been among foreign observers. This volume brings together ten new essays by an interdisciplinary group of leading sinologists and offers a comprehensive framework for understanding the nature of Chinese national identity in past and contemporary settings.
Description : The “rise of China” has become a ubiquitous and often menacing term in global politics. China’s Quest for Global Order: From Peaceful Rise to Harmonious World, by Rosita Dellios, PhD, and R. James Ferguson, PhD, examines how China’s leadership has responded to this depiction and the strategic approaches that have been developed to ameliorate threat perceptions. Borrowing from its own Confucian heritage to promote a harmonious world policy, China’s contribution to world order is likely to be more robust than the “responsible stakeholder” epithet upon which the West has pinned its collective hopes. The book interprets China’s quest for global order from Chinese perspectives, old and new, and provides the relevant philosophical and historical background to engage the reader in the ensuing debates.
Description : On ba yue ba hao ba dian ling ba fen, the auspicious 8th day of the 8th month of 2008 at 8.08 pm, the Games begin, and China steps onto the world stage as the nation most likely to shape the 21st century. What an opportunity for millions of people around the world--sports fans as well as those who simply love the pageantry and global camaraderie of the Games--to learn about China and its history, culture, and customs. China Gold : China's Quest for Olympic and Global Glory is not only about the Beijing Olympics and Chinese sports but also about China itself¿past, present, and future. China Gold is written by top Chinese experts in close collaboration with U.S. and European sports writers and provides fascinating coverage of Chinese sports history, great Chinese athletes, martial arts, sports in the media, and some of the great political dramas connected with sports. And China Gold is packed with fun information and historical tidbits. China Gold introduces Western readers to China¿s history, culture, and role in the global community. It takes the Beijing Olympics and Chinese sports as a platform, an easy way for people around the world to get to know the nation and its people as this crucial moment, when China steps boldly onto the world stage; not only in sports but in business, science, and technology. The pages are packed with unique illustrations, many from Chinese archives. In addition to full coverage of Olympic sports and events, it includes the history of sports in China, information about traditional physical activities like tai chi and wushu, and the latest on extreme and new sports. China Gold is not just about the Olympics¿though it is the guide that viewers and those who go to Beijing and the other venues need. It is full of fascinating stories like that of a half-Chinese half-British boy who returns to China every summer to train as a swimmer and of the Olympic medalist Eric Liddell, featured in Chariots of Fire, who grew up in China and died in a Japanese prison camp there.The Olympics is about much more than sports. It is about global relationships and global change, about power and politics. In 2008, the Games (only the third to be held in Asia) offer a window on a fascinating story, that of a 5,000-year-old civilization rising to newfound influence after centuries of turmoil. In 2008, Americans want a handle on what China is like and what its rising stature in the global community means for our way of life, our jobs, our children, and our planet. This is where China Gold hits its stride. Not only a guide for the sports-obsessed, full of background history and facts you won¿t get anywhere else, but for anyone and everyone intrigued by China.China steps onto the world stage as the nation most likely to shape the 21st century. What an opportunity the 2008 Olympics will be for millions of people around the world--sports fans as well as those who simply love the pageantry and global camaraderie of the Games--to learn about China and its history, culture, and customs. China Gold: China¿s Quest for Olympic and Global Glory is not only about the Olympics and Chinese sports but also about China itself--past, present, and future. On ba yue ba hao ba dian ling ba fen, the auspicious 8th day of the 8th month of 2008 at 8.08 pm, the Games will begin! Be ready, with China Gold!For organizations active in China--or planning to be--China Gold offers a unique, engaging perspective: it is the only book that tells the stories, introduces the athletes, the businesses, and global leaders who have cooperated--through many challenges--to bring about this historic event.Berkshire is also partnering with Apabi/Founder.com to provide content for a Beijing-based Olympics portal and can provide referrals to expert keynote speakers and panelists who can talk to your executive group or staff about China, Chinese sports and the Olympics, and about doing business in China.
Description : A comprehensive account of the Chinese economy's considerable growth in recent decades traces their efforts to obtain the considerable resources needed to maintain the country's expansion, exploring how their efforts have had benefits and consequences for the rest of the world.
Description : This book examines the new equity-enhancing politics in China in the context of Chinese traditional cognitive patterns of political legitimacy and its implication for Chinese political development in the near future. Based on an analysis of the new governing philosophy, the generation of political elite, and a new set of public policies, the book reaffirms the emergence of a new Chinese polity that infuses one-party rule with limited electoral and deliberative democracies. Unlike many scholars who perceive the contemporary Chinese history as a constant search for democracy, this book takes a very different approach. It asserts that the enduring question in political development in China today is no different from what was sought after throughout Chinese history, namely, the constant search for political legitimacy. Even though the quest for democracy is instrumental to that end, it may not ultimately lead to the embrace of a full-fledged liberal democracy. The new politics is not only a rationalization of the efficiency-based development, but also a major paradigm shift in China's developmental strategy.
Description : The Open Door has become an integral part of China's economicdevelopment strategy since the late 1970's, and, not surprisingly,it has aroused considerable interest in developed countries. This bookgives a sympathetic but critical survey of this policy, with particularattention to the problems that have prevented the Open Door from beingimplemented as rapidly as first intended.
Description : The transition from a catching-up style economy to an innovation-driven economy poses a major challenge for China. This book examines the major issues at stake, outlines developments in crucial business fields and industries, and discusses the roles of top-down politics and bottom-up entrepreneurship. It focuses in particular on the institutional foundations of innovation, arguing that successful innovation relies on the favourable interplay of business, politics, and society, and that comprehensive institutional and organizational changes will be required in China in order for innovation to succeed. Overall, the book assesses how far China will be able to depart from the Western paradigm of successful innovation regimes and create its own innovation system with Chinese characteristics.
Description : This book analyzes China’s foreign technology acquisition activity and how this has helped its rapid rise to superpower status. Since 1949, China has operated a vast and unique system of foreign technology spotting and transfer aimed at accelerating civilian and military development, reducing the cost of basic research, and shoring up its power domestically and abroad—without running the political risks borne by liberal societies as a basis for their creative developments. While discounted in some circles as derivative and consigned to perpetual catch-up mode, China’s "hybrid" system of legal, illegal, and extralegal import of foreign technology, combined with its indigenous efforts, is, the authors believe, enormously effective and must be taken seriously. Accordingly, in this volume, 17 international specialists combine their scholarship to portray the system’s structure and functioning in heretofore unseen detail, using primary Chinese sources to demonstrate the perniciousness of the problem in a manner not likely to be controverted. The book concludes with a series of recommendations culled from the authors’ interactions with experts worldwide. This book will be of much interest to students of Chinese politics, US foreign policy, intelligence studies, science and technology studies, and International Relations in general.