The Dynamics of Foreign-Policy Decisionmaking in China


Ning Lu

Second Edition • March 1, 2000 • 240 pages


Print ISBN: 9780813337463 • $43.00 USD$59.99 CAN

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Lu Ning, former assistant to a vice-foreign minister of China, draws on archival materials, interviews, and personal experiences, to provide unique insights into the formal and informal structures, processes, mechanisms, and dynamics of—and key players in—foreign-policy decisionmaking in Beijing. Lu Ning sheds light on controversial decisions that were made, such as China’s entering the Korean War, selling DF-3 missiles to Saudi Arabia in 1986, and cooperating with the Israeli defense establishment.

Lu Ning divulges the inner workings of Beijing’s foreign ministry, introduces new Chinese language sources, and presents a series of case studies that challenge existing Western theoretical analysis of Chinese policymaking. Based on his examination of the past forty years, Lu Ning makes predictions about likely changes in Beijing’s leadership and in its foreign-policy decisionmaking process. This accessibly written, incisive book will be invaluable to anyone interested in Sinology, Chinese foreign policy, comparative foreign policy, and contemporary international relations of East Asia.

This second edition contains a fully revised Introduction, and it has been updated through President Clinton’s recent visit to China. The new edition also contains new material on the Clinton Administration’s varying policy positions toward China.


Lu Ning, formerly a Chinese career foreign service officer, is a correspondent for The Business Times in Singapore.

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