Book Launch: Foreign Relations of the PRC: The Legacies and Constraints of China's International Politics since 1949
Sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
12:30 pm - 1:45 pm
The Elliott School of International Affairs
Lindner Commons, 1957 E Street, NW; Room 602
Washington, DC 20052
Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event.
This cogent but comprehensive book examines the international relations of the People’s Republic of China since its founding in 1949. Noted scholar Robert G. Sutter provides a balanced assessment of the country’s recent successes and advances as well as the important legacies and constraints that hamper it, especially in nearby Asia—long the focus of China’s foreign policy attention. Sutter demonstrates how Beijing has carefully created an image of a China that follows consistent policies based on morally correct principles, but its record shows repeated episodes of sometime surprising change and frequent use of violence, intimidation, and coercion. China’s leaders, he argues, still fail to manage the desire for productive foreign relations with their aspirations to build Chinese security and sovereignty interests. Imagebuilding efforts condition Chinese public and elite opinion to be extraordinarily sensitive, self-righteous, and often alarmist in dealing with the many disputes China has with its Asian neighbors and the United States. Advances the PRC has made in other parts of the world focus mainly on commercial interests, limiting its actual impact on world affairs. Sutter shows readers how to use China’s rise in nearby Asia as a reliable barometer of how important and effective it actually will become internationally.
Robert Sutter has been Professor of Practice of International Affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University since 2011. His previous full-time positions include national Intelligence Officer for East Asia, Director of the Foreign Affairs and National Defense Division at the Library of Congress, and Visiting Professor of Asian Studies at the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University (2001–2011). He received a Ph.D. in History and East Asian Languages from Harvard University. Other recent books include U.S.–Chinese Relations: Perilous Past, Pragmatic Present (2010) and Chinese Foreign Relations: Power and Policy since the Cold War (2012).
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