The Genesis of Chinese Communist Foreign Policy

The Genesis of Chinese Communist Foreign Policy

The Genesis of Chinese Communist Foreign Policy

The Genesis of Chinese Communist Foreign Policy

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This volume explores the origins of Chinese Communist foreign policy and seeks thereby to contribute to a rethinking of modern China's foreign relations. These goals have only slowly, become clear in my mind. They were certainly not in my thoughts when more than a decade ago I first became interested in the problematic status of China's foreign-relations history. Had it not been for a set of unforeseen circumstances, my interest would not have, matured into this book.

One of those circumstances was the dramatic improvement in Sino- American relations. The Sino-American opening in 1971-1972, and even more the establishment of full diplomatic relations in 1979, had a significant I impact on students of China's foreign-relations past, altering angles of vision and inviting fundamental reappraisals of conventional wisdom on a variety of fronts. In the new political climate favorable to academic exchange each side gained an enhanced awareness of the scholarship and sources available on the other side. Indeed, no sooner had formal diplomatic ties been restored than Chinese historians received an authoritative green light to begin their own reevaluations of the history of Sino-American relations, while American scholars were already buzzing about the remarkable changes in China's external policy and beginning to reconsider China's earlier foreign relations in the light of rapprochement and the new "open-door policy." Contacts rapidly multiplied, as scholars traveled to investigate historical sources previously closed off, participated in international conferences, and sent manuscripts and publications back and forth across the Pacific.

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