Chinas Quest: The History of the Foreign Relations of the Peoples Republic of China

Hardcover | December 31, 2015

byJohn W. Garver

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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.

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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, inclu...

John W. Garver is Professor of Political Science at the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:888 pages, 9.29 × 6.61 × 2.52 inPublished:December 31, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Introduction: The Embrace of Communism and Its ConsequenceAct I: Forging a Revolutionary State2. Joining the Socialist Camp, 1949-19503. War in Korea and Indochina, 1950-19534. The Bandung5. The Sino-Soviet Schism: the race to communism and great power status, 1956-19586. Sino-Indian Conflict and the Sino-Soviet7. Reviving Revolutionary Momentum, 1962-19658. Revolutionary China's Quest to Transform Southeast Asia9. Countering the US in Vietnam: Proxy War with the United10. The Cultural Revolution11. Rapprochement with the United States, 1970-197212. Countering Soviet Encirclement and Trying to Preserve Mao's LegacyAct II: The Happy Interregnum; the Possibility of Liberation Opens13. Opening to the Outside World14. China's Pedagogic War with Vietnam15. The Strategic Triangle and the Four Modernizations16. Rapprochement with Asian Powers: Soviet Union, India, Iran and JapanAct III: The Leninist State Besieged; Socialism in One Country17. The CCP's Near Escape and Its Aftermath18. The Diplomacy of Damage Control19. The Crisis Deepens: Collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe and the USSR20. Constraining Unipolarity in a Unbalanced International System21. China and American Hegemony in the Persian Gulf22. The Recovery of Hong Kong23. Military Confrontation with the United States over Taiwan24. China's Long Debate over Policy toward the United States25. China's Emergence as a Global Economic and Military Power26. Reassuring and Unnerving the Neighbors: Japan27. Reassuring and Unnerving the Neighbors: India28. China's Quest for Modernity and the Tides of World History