China's view of the war threat and its foreign policy

Lijun S. (1992) China's view of the war threat and its foreign policy. Journal of Northeast Asian Studies, 11 3: 47-69. doi:10.1007/BF03023327

Author Lijun S.
Title China's view of the war threat and its foreign policy
Journal name Journal of Northeast Asian Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1096-6838
Publication date 1992-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/BF03023327
Open Access Status
Volume 11
Issue 3
Start page 47
End page 69
Total pages 23
Subject 3305 Geography, Planning and Development
Abstract In analyzing China's foreign policy since 1949, people tend to take for granted the nature of China's concern for its national security as the predominant factor in the development of its foreign policy without distinguishing changes in the functions of this factor. The evidence given in this article argues that at least as early as the late 1970s, leaders in Beijing, predominantly Deng Xiaoping, no longer held Mao's view of the inevitability and imminence of world war, and of the Soviet threat to China's national security. Therefore I propose that from the beginning of the Deng era in 1978, national status enhancement or muscle building through modernization had replaced national security as the persistent and principal theme in China's foreign policy. We should not interpret the main reason for China's increased push for the formation of an international antihegemony united front as its increasing concern about the Soviet threat to its national security. In turn, we may conclude that when China abandoned this united front foreign policy to adopt the Independent Foreign Policy in 1982, it was neither because of a new global reality that was shaping the reorientation of its foreign policy nor because only in 1982 did China rediscover the Soviet threat.
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