In the first edition (2010), Zhiqun Zhu examined the rationale and strategies of China’s new multi-directional diplomacy since the early 1990s and assessed its impact on international political economy as well as responses from the international community. This fully revised second edition is still based on extensive research addressing these and other important policy issues whilst incorporating the latest major Chinese diplomatic activities since the last edition was published. This book continues to cover Chinese initiatives in the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, Central Asia, Southeast Asia and the South Pacific and studies China's current efforts to secure energy and other resources, to expand trade and investment, and to enhance 'soft power' around the world. The author further evaluates how China's activities affect these regions’ political economy and how the international community, especially the United States, has reacted to China's new diplomacy. Whilst continuing to answer some lingering questions about Chinese foreign policy and its implications for both China and the international community as they become increasingly interdependent, this paperback edition is adapted for classroom use and provides questions for discussion to help readers review the key empirical and theoretical points of each chapter.
’Zhiqun Zhu has produced the most comprehensive and up-to-date textbook on China's foreign relations. It is a well-researched, detailed, and conceptually stimulating study and very informative for new and experienced readers alike.’ David Shambaugh, George Washington University, USA ’Professor Zhu’s updated and panoramic view on China’s diplomacy is a must-read for experts and general readers who are interested in Beijing’s ambitious global power projection. This book is based on insightful analysis of first-hand information and data that the author has painstakingly sourced both in and out of China. There is a wealth of material on the quasi-superpower’s fast-growing relations with far-flung regions ranging from Africa and Latin America to the Middle East and Central Asia.’ Willy Lam, Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Jamestown Foundation, USA ’China is now a key player in the world. In China’s New Diplomacy, Professor Zhu provides the reader with a vivid narrative of how China’s growing influence has reached different parts of the world through its increasingly sophisticated diplomacy. This book is comprehensive, balanced, and highly recommended. All who are interested in contemporary China’s global role should read it.’ Zheng Yongnian, National University of Singapore '... profusely informative, patently comprehensive in its treatment to the subject with rich insights into the dynamics of an interface between China's domestic and foreign policy. ... the book is immensely useful for college and university students, offering the course on China and international relations .It is a well-researched, well-argued and well-analyzed volume. Also, it will prove eminently useful for academia, researchers and public policy makers.' East Asian Integration Studies '... a well-researched, comprehensive picture of China’s rise in global affairs since the early 1990s. ... He assembles a vast array of data on China’s relationships with each c