China's Just World: The Morality of Chinese Foreign Policy

China's Just World: The Morality of Chinese Foreign Policy

China's Just World: The Morality of Chinese Foreign Policy

China's Just World: The Morality of Chinese Foreign Policy

Synopsis

Looking at China's foreign policy, this book focuses on the Confucian-based need of Chinese leaders to present themselves as the supreme moral rectifiers of the world order.

Excerpt

Morality is generally seen as irrelevant in literature on foreign-policymaking, and the influence of morality cannot always be determined by empirical tests. However, relying upon counterfactual logic, this book seeks to demonstrate that scholarship on Chinese foreign policymaking and policy motivation has been inadequate and sometimes inconsistent. in addition, it introduces an alternative way of reading Chinese diplomatic behavior.

Many have discussed and critiqued the whole or a section of this manuscript. Some disagreed with its approach; some were excited about it. They all made valuable contributions. These scholars include Jonathan Adelman, John Cassidy, Martha Cottam, Lowell Dittmer, Samuel Kim, Yih-chun Liu, Emerson Niou, Elizabeth Perry, Lucian Pye, David See, Xi Wang, Yue Wei, Rhoda Weidenbaum, Samuel Wu, and Jialing Zhang. Judith Fletcher and Michael Smith provided the patient editing service critical to a non-native writer. the research and writing of this book were primarily done while I was teaching at Ramapo College in New Jersey; the college's dedication to international education was especially encouraging. Finally, it would have been impossible for me to have written this book without access to the East Asian Library at Columbia University. Their generous policy must be acknowledged.

Chih-yu Shih

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