Many books claiming to aid our understanding of China are based on the assumption that it is destined to follow the model of the US; war, empire and unilateralism. Ronald Keith shows that this underplays the importance of China's domestic politics, which will be essential in shaping the country's role in the world. Highlighting the development over time of China's perception of it's own "rise", the book integrates domestic perspective into critical analysis of the contemporary controversies concerning "socialism" versus "capitalism with Chinese characteristics," the struggle to create the rule of law and to foster human rights and elaboration of a new stage of democratic reform. The internal viewpoint and original analysis make this book an essential text for students of China studies and international relations.
Ron Keith is Professor of China Studies, Department of International Business and Asian Studies, Griffith University, Australia. He is the author of China as a Rising World Power and its Response to Globalization (2005), The Diplomacy of Zhou Enlai (1989) and (with Zhiqiu Lin) New Crime in China: Public Order and Human Rights (2006).
Acknowledgments 1: Understanding China Once More. 2: Fitting the People's Republic of China into the World. 3: Connecting the "Rule of Law," "Human Rights" and "Democracy" in China. 4: "Socialism," or "Capitalism with Chinese Characteristics"? 5: China's New "Model" of International Relations. 6: China Redux. Endnotes Selected Concepts in English, Pinyin and Characters Index