Part 1 Introduction: trends affecting the policy-making process. Part 2 Top-level policy-making institutions and individuals: Zhao Ziyand on the structure of policy-making; Deng Ziaoping's role; consensus and differences at the top; personalized or institutionalized decision making?. Part 3 The role of the Politburo: the policy process - the establishment of special economic zones; the role of individual politburo members. Part 4 The party secretariat and affiliated groups: party secretariat membership; foreign affairs small group; international liaison department. Part 5 The state council: the premier; vice-premiers; state councillors; coordination point for foreign policy; other coordinating mechanisms; state council research coordination. Part 6 The foreign ministry: sources of information and analysis; personnel - sources and characteristics. Part 7 Economic, military, and cultural institutions: ministry of foreign economic relations and trade; the military establishment; the military commission; political-military and military-strategic analysis; routine political-military coordination; political-military coordination in crisis situations; cultural aspects of foreign policy. Part 8 Other sources of information and analysis: the press; research institutes; intelligence; universities; the foreign policy community. Part 9 Structure, process, policy, and politics.