China is both one of the world’s oldest countries and one that is undergoing massive changes. The rapid emergence of China is shaking up the global political and economic landscape. As a result, questions have arisen about the following issues: How do China’s decision makers analyze and perceive today’s world? What are their views on major global affairs? How does Chinese history and philosophy shape their outlook of the world? What are the likely prospects for China’s future economic growth?
This course will answer the above questions by investigating three different aspects of China’s economy and culture. The first part of the course focuses on China’s world view and discusses what makes China unique and more intriguing than other “Number twos” in world history. It also addresses the challenges China is currently facing, and how China’s world view may help the country overcome these issues.
The second part of the course reviews China’s development over the past 100 years from a historical perspective. It examines the major political issues that China is engaged in, and whether there are any self-corrective mechanisms in China’s political system. In addition, the Paradox of the Stratification of the Ruling Party is also discussed.
The last part of this course addresses China’s foreign policy. It explores the history of China’s foreign policy and discusses how China’s diplomacy has evolved as the international political environment has changed. In addition, the factors determining China’s currently foreign policy are also examined.