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In the eyes of the dragon : China views the world
Deng, Yong, 1966-
Publication Information:
Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, [1999]

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xi, 279 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction: toward an understanding of China's worldview / Yong Deng and Fei-Ling Wang -- Self-image and strategic intentions: national confidence and political insecurity / Fei-Ling Wang -- Conception of national interests: realpolitik, liberal dilemma, and the possibility of change / Yong Deng -- Managing conflict: Chinese perspectives on multilateral diplomacy and collective security / Jianwei Wang -- Human rights and democracy / Ming Wan -- Nuclear nonproliferation / Wexing Hu -- Public images of the United States / Ming Zhang -- Sino-U.S. relations: the economic dimensions / Yasheng Huang --China and its Asian neighbors: implications for Sino-U.S. relations / Bin Yu -- Taiwan: from peaceful offense to coercive strategy / Suisheng Zhao -- Pride, pressure, politics: the roots of China's worldview / Thomas J. Christensen.

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Presenting new and invaluable Chinese perspectives on international relations in general and Beijing's foreign policy in particular, this work offers the first balanced and thoroughly researched analysis by Chinese scholars. Drawing on original Chinese sources and interviews, In the Eyes of the Dragon explores Chinese views on sovereignty, national interest, security multilateralism, international human rights, nuclear nonproliferation, Taiwan, and the United States. Illuminating how China views the post-Cold War world and its place therein, the contributors enhance our understanding of the nationalist sentiments driving the PRC's foreign policy and elevate the debate over China to a higher, more sophisticated, and productive level.

Author Notes

Yong Deng is assistant professor of political science and assistant director of the Center for International Studies at Benedictine University.
Fei-Ling Wang is assistant professor at the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs. Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Choice Review

If a reader seeks a sophisticated and thorough answer to the question "why don't the Chinese like America now?" this is the book to read. It purports to be a general analysis of Chinese foreign policy but concentrates on Sino-American relations. Written by expatriate Chinese scholars, the book uses extensive Chinese language sources. Although up-to-date, it does not contain important new information. Rather its purpose is to explain Beijing's perspectives on international relations. The chapters are of consistently high quality and can be read by reasonably well informed laypersons. The contributors present Chinese views on sovereignty, multilateralism, human rights, nuclear nonproliferation, national interest, Taiwan, and the US that amount to a wide-ranging survey of foreign policy issues, with one notable gap. Foreign economic policy is not included, although there is a chapter on Sino-American trade relations. This is one of those rare books that combines enough depth for advanced students and sufficient transparency for the uninitiated. H. Nelsen; University of South Florida

Table of Contents

John W. GarverYong Deng and Fei-Ling WangFei-Ling WangYong DengJianwei WangMing WanWeixing HuMing ZhangYasheng HuangBin YuSuisheng ZhaoThomas J. Christensen
Forewordp. vii
1 Introduction: Toward an Understanding of China's Worldviewp. 1
2 Self-Image and Strategic Intentions: National Confidence and Political Insecurityp. 21
3 Conception of National Interests: Realpolitik, Liberal Dilemma, and the Possibility of Changep. 47
4 Managing Conflict: Chinese Perspectives on Multilateral Diplomacy and Collective Securityp. 73
5 Human Rights and Democracyp. 97
6 Nuclear Nonproliferationp. 119
7 Public Images of the United Statesp. 141
8 Sino-U.S. Relations: The Economic Dimensionsp. 159
9 China and Its Asian Neighbors: Implications for Sino-U.S. Relationsp. 183
10 Taiwan: From Peaceful Offense to Coercive Strategyp. 211
11 Pride, Pressure, and Politics: The Roots of China's Worldviewp. 239
Selected Bibliographyp. 257
Indexp. 271
About the Editors and Contributorsp. 277