Yong Deng. China's Struggle for Status: The Realignment of International Relations. New York: Cambridge University Press. 2008, 300 pp. Hardcover $81.00, ISBN 978-0-521-88666-6. It is impossible to predict with certainty where Chinese foreign policy is going in an extraordinarily volatile era in which the decision-making processes in Beijing are non-transparent and the contradictory forces in Chinese society are both powerful and ever-changing. Before the summer 2009 violent Uighur resistance to systematic and intensifying Han Chinese repression, no one would have imagined Beijing would have to scramble to try to assure governments in Muslim majority countries that the CCP regime was not anti-Islam. What one can hope for from a major scholarly study of Chinese foreign policy, such as Yong Deng's deeply thoughtful and truly knowledgeable China's Struggle for Status, is an analysis of the major forces and factors at play so that apparent surprises are comprehensible. For Jim Mann1 and Guoguang Wu,2 these factors include the postCold War tendency of the major democracies to appease an economically vibrant China on democracy and human rights in order to protect the commercial interests of their corporations in China. To Susan Shirk,3 these forces include the postJune 4 nationalism that could
China Review International – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Feb 24, 2008
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