The Making of Chinese Foreign and Security Policy in the Era of Reform, 1978-2000

The Making of Chinese Foreign and Security Policy in the Era of Reform, 1978-2000

The Making of Chinese Foreign and Security Policy in the Era of Reform, 1978-2000

The Making of Chinese Foreign and Security Policy in the Era of Reform, 1978-2000

Synopsis

Based on field research in China, South Korea and Taiwan, this volume examines the changes in the way Chinese foreign and security policy is made during the reform era.

Excerpt

The leadership that now presides over China's foreign and domestic policies is unlike any that has governed the People's Republic of China (PRC) since its founding in 1949. Often called China's “third-generation” leadership, the cluster of top leaders around Party General Secretary Jiang Zemin is the product of two concurrent transitions. On one hand, it reflects the cumulative outcome of a deliberate process of succession to a post-Deng leadership managed by Deng Xiaoping himself to put into place younger leaders recruited according to criteria befitting China's postrevolutionary agenda. On the other hand, it reflects a signal turnover of elite generations, bringing to the top a group of postliberation leaders whose life experiences and career paths differ profoundly from those of their predecessors.

How much the new third-generation leaders will address the problems of governing China, assess China's place in the post—cold war world, and manage Beijing's foreign relations in ways distinctly different from their predecessors may be known with certainty only with the passage of time. But a very broad-gauged examination of who these leaders are, together with a very largescale assessment of the political context they inherit and a preliminary look . . .

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