Spring 2013 IAS 3153-001:
Chinese Foreign Policy
Prof. Peter Hays Gries
Class meets Tuesday, Thursday 1:30-3:30 pm in Hester Hall Rm. 183
Office Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday 2:45-4:00 pm in Cate 4, 401 & by appointment.
Is China a fearsome dragon out to upset the global balance of power? Or is China a cuddly panda seeking to integrate itself into the extant global system? This course provides a comprehensive introduction to Chinese foreign policy. With over a fifth of the world’s population (over 1.3 billion people), an enormous economy (a 2011 nominal GDP of close to 7 trillion), and the world’s largest standing army, China is intrinsically important. Anyone who wishes to understand 21st century world politics needs to engage the China question.
The course is divided into five sections. It begins with key issues and concepts. It then reviews China’s external relations prior to “Liberation” in 1949. The focus here will be twofold: interrogating the idea of a “Tributary System” with China at the center, and the narrative of a “Century of Humiliation.” The third section introduces basic concepts from international relations theory. The fourth section turns to the history of the PRC’s foreign relations, with an emphasis on Sino-American relations. The fifth and final section explores vital foreign policy issues confronting China in the 21st century: China’s relations with the U.S., Japan, south and southeast Asia, the Taiwan issue, and forecasting China’s future global role.