New Directions: Chinese Scholarship on International Relations



This essay will focus on what has become China’s leading journal on international relations, the Journal of International Studies (Guo-Ji Wen-Ti Yan-Jiu),1 published by the Institute of International Studies. The institute is formally under the aegis of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs rather than the Academy. This quarterly journal first appeared in 1959, only to be suspended in 1966. It resumed publication in 1981 with a circulation of 10000. According to a pro-communist publication in Hong Kong, the journal reflects the viewpoint of China’s diplomatic community. The journal has been highly publicised (at least by Chinese standards) for a Chinese language publication. The weekly Beijing Review — the authoritative and main foreign language journal for the outside world — regularly carries advertisements for it. It is the only Chinese language journal to be so regularly promoted. Additionally, the Journal of International Studies (JIS) has from time to time published authoritative background analyses in support of China’s position on a number of disputes.


Foreign Policy International Relation Foreign Affair Chinese Scholarship International Affair 
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Notes and References

  1. 1.
    Guo-Ji Wen-Ti Yan-Jiu-Suo. It may also be translated as the Research Institute for International Problems. It is probably attached to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, although one scholar has placed it directly under the authority of the State Council. See C. S. Ostergaard, ‘Multipolarity and Modernization: Sources of China’s Foreign Policy in the 1980s’, Cooperation and Conflict, XVIII, 1983, chart on p.254.Google Scholar
  2. For a general view of the field as a whole see David L. Shambaugh and Wang Jisi, ‘Research on International Studies in the People’s Republic of China in Political Science, vol. XVII, no.4, Fall 1984, pp.758–64.Google Scholar
  3. 9.
    For discussion of this, see Michael Yahuda, China’s Role in World Affairs (London: Croom Helm, 1978) pp.217–18.Google Scholar
  4. 15.
    For the best and most up to date account see A. Doak Barnett, The Making of Foreign Policy in China Structure and Process (Boulder and London, Westview Press) (SAIS Papers in International Affairs no.9) Johns Hopkins University, 1985.Google Scholar


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    Based on D. A. Kelly, Australia-China Co-operation in the Social Sciences: Prospects and Problems (Centre for the Study of Australian-Asian Relations Research, Paper no. 21, School of Modern Asian Studies, Griffith University, Brisbane, September 1982).Google Scholar

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