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Introduction

  • Kingsley Edney
Part of the Asia Today book series (ASIAT)

Abstract

Since the beginning of the era of reform and opening, China’s interactions with the rest of the world have become steadily broader and deeper. During this period the policies of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) have permitted, and sometimes even encouraged, the gradual expansion of the ways in which China’s state, economy, and society engages with its foreign counterparts. After abandoning its revolutionary foreign policy following Mao’s death and instead adopting an official doctrine of international peace and development, the Party-state has expanded its diplomatic activities, raised the level of economic interaction between China and other countries, deepened its participation in international institutions, and increased China’s involvement in social and cultural exchanges with the rest of the world.1 This shift toward opening up to and engaging with the outside world has ensured that China’s contemporary development has been inextricably bound up with the process of globalization— the accelerating and deepening of global interconnectedness. At the same time, according to nearly any method of assessment, China’s power in international politics is increasing. Scholars discuss China’s growing global diplomatic status, economic clout, and soft power; they debate whether or not its increasing military capabilities are a threat and highlight the issues raised by its newfound influence in Africa, Southeast Asia, the Pacific, and South America.2

Keywords

Chinese Communist Party Soft Power Official Discourse Public Diplomacy Chinese Perspective 
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