More Actors, Less Coordination? New Challenges for the Leaders of a Rising China

  • Thomas J. Christensen
Part of the Asan-Palgrave Macmillan Series book series (APMS)


There is a large difference between the way that many pundits and journalists outside of China analyze China’s recent trends in foreign policy and the way that many of Chinâs own experts discuss the same phenomena. In American and European newspapers, one often sees references to a new and assertive Chinese grand strategy that reflects the rise of China and the decline of the United States, especially since the financial crisis began in 2008. The implication is that a new Chinese strategy emerged as a rationally calculated response to China’s increased power and influence.


Foreign Policy Chinese Communist Party Grand Strategy National Security Council Interagency Coordination 
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