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June This section possibly contains original research. Please improve it by verifying the claims made and adding inline citations. Statements consisting only of original research should be removed. June Learn how and when to remove this template message Another characteristic Chinese foreign policy has had in common with that of many other countries is that the actual conduct of foreign relations sometimes has been at odds with official policy.
Beijing's stress on principles in its official statements at times makes the contrast between statements and actions particularly noticeable. In addition, a nation's leaders must often make right decisions in reaction to events and circumstances, rather than simply formulating a rational foreign policy based on their goals.
The need to react to what has happened or what may happen adds an element of unpredictability to foreign policy decision making, as has been the case at several crucial junctures in Chinese foreign relation since In addition to the aspects of foreign policy formulation and implementation that China has in common with other countries, China's foreign policy from has had these characteristics: These contradictory characteristics have at times created a confusing picture of Chinese foreign policy: Is China peace-loving or intent on fomenting unrest?
Is China's ultimate goal to be self-sufficient or economically interdependent with the rest of the world? And is China basically a poor, developing country that is at most a regional power or actually a nascent economic and military giant deserving of superpower status?
The response to these questions is that since Chinese foreign policy has reflected all of these contrasting features. Beijing had emphasized principles and ideology above everything else in foreign relations, especially during the s and s, but Chinese leaders at times have also shown a practical side that gave them the flexibility to change policies, sometimes drastically, when they deemed it in China's best interest.
One of the most dramatic changes was the shift from an alliance with the Soviet Union against the United States and Japan in the s to an explicitly anti-Soviet policy and rapprochement with Japan and the United States in the s. Since Chinese foreign policy has fluctuated between periods of militancy, for example during the Cultural Revolution —76when China called for worldwide revolution, and periods when Beijing has been a chief proponent of peaceful coexistence among nations, such as during the mids and again during the s.
How self-reliant or dependent on others China should become in order to modernize has been a constant dilemma in Chinese policy since the nineteenth century. As this policy fluctuated, Chinese foreign relations have alternated between a tendency toward isolation and periods of openness to foreign assistance and influence.
Finally, the contradiction between China's actual capabilities since and its perceived potential has been another salient and distinctive feature of its foreign relations.
China's tremendous size, population, natural resources, military strength, and sense of history have placed it in the unusual position of being a developing country that has often been treated as a major global power having a special relationship with the United States and, Russia, previously, the Soviet Union.
Evolution of foreign policy[ edit ] Understanding the origins and forces that have shaped China's foreign policy provides a framework in which to view both the changes and the continuities in Chinese foreign policy from The origins of China's foreign policy can be found in its size and population, historical legacy, worldview, nationalism, and Marxism-Leninism — Mao Zedong Thought.
These factors have combined with China's economic and military capabilities, governmental structure, and decision-making processes to make certain foreign policy goals prominent: Historical legacy and worldview[ edit ] China's long and rich history as the world's oldest continuous civilization has affected Chinese foreign relations in various ways.
For centuries the Chinese empires enjoyed basically unchallenged greatness and self-sufficiency. China saw itself as the cultural center of the universe, a view reflected in the concept of the Middle Kingdom Zhongguo, the Chinese word for China.
For the most part, it viewed non-Chinese peoples as uncivilized barbarians. Although China was occasionally overrun and ruled by these "barbarians", as during the Yuan — A.
Because the Chinese emperor was considered the ruler of all mankind by virtue of his innate superiority, relations with other states or entities were tributaryrather than state-to-state relations between equals.
Traditionally, there was no equivalent of a foreign ministry; foreign relations included such activities as tributary missions to the emperor made by countries seeking trade with China and Chinese military expeditions against neighboring barbarians to keep them outside China's borders.
The first Europeans who sought trade with China, beginning in the sixteenth century, were received as tributary missions and had to conform to the formalities and rituals of the tribute system at the Chinese court. China's view of itself as the undisputed center of civilization—a phenomenon called sinocentrism —remained basically unchanged until the nineteenth century, when the Qing dynasty began to deteriorate under Western pressure.
A traditional concept related to China's view of itself as the Middle Kingdom that continues to have relevance is the idea of "using barbarians to control barbarians.
Two examples are China's policy of "leaning to one side" in the Sino-Soviet alliance of the s for support against the United States and Beijing's rapprochement with the United States in the s to counteract the Soviet threat China perceived at the time.
China's strong desire for sovereignty and independence of action, however, seems to have made Chinese alliances or quasi-alliances short-lived.In the early s, the global economy was just starting to recover after the traumas of the Second World War and the Korean War of Tentative world peace combined with major advances in air travel and telecommunications meant that borders were opening up around the world, and the four ‘tigers’ were perfectly positioned to benefit.
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