China is both one of the world’s oldest countries and one that is undergoing massive changes. The rapid emergence of China is shaking up the global political and economic landscape. As a result, questions have arisen about the following issues: How do China’s decision makers analyze and perceive today’s world? What are their views on major global affairs? How does Chinese history and philosophy shape their outlook of the world? What are the likely prospects for China’s future economic growth?
This course will answer the above questions by investigating three different aspects of China’s economy and culture. The first part of the course focuses on China’s world view and discusses what makes China unique and more intriguing than other “Number twos” in world history. It also addresses the challenges China is currently facing, and how China’s world view may help the country overcome these issues.
The second part of the course reviews China’s development over the past 100 years from a historical perspective. It examines the major political issues that China is engaged in, and whether there are any self-corrective mechanisms in China’s political system. In addition, the Paradox of the Stratification of the Ruling Party is also discussed.
The last part of this course addresses China’s foreign policy. It explores the history of China’s foreign policy and discusses how China’s diplomacy has evolved as the international political environment has changed. In addition, the factors determining China’s currently foreign policy are also examined.
- Week 1 China's World View （1）
- The World's Number Two: more intriguing than those in history
- Supplementary Materials
- Home Assignment 1
- Week 2 China's World View (2)
- The Chinese Model: what has China done right, so far?
- Mounting Challenges for The Future
- Supplementary Materials
- Home Assignment 2
- Week 3 China's World View (3)
- China's World View
- Is the World Ready for an Ever Bigger China?
- Home Assignment 3
- Week 4 The Dialectics of Autonomy and Opening (1)
- Two Singularities
- Dependence & Independence
- Historical Roots: Some Political Experience
- Supplementary Materials
- Home Assignment 4
- Week 5 The Dialectics of Autonomy and Opening (2)
- Historical Roots: Peasantry
- Historical Roots: The State
- The Great Transformation
- Dialogue Between Insiders
- Home Assignment 5
- Week 6: China's Foreign Policy （1）
- Main factors influencing foreign policy making
- Home Assignment 6
- Week 7: China's Foreign Policy （2）
- Fundamental Changes of Foreign Policy from Keeping Low Profile to Striving for Achievements
- Determining Factors of China Foreign Policy
- Prof. Yan's Perspective on China Foreign Policy Issues
- Questions and Answers
- Home Assignment 7
- Question 1
- Question 2
- Question 3
李稻葵清华大学 金融系 弗里曼讲席教授
David Daokui Li is the Mansfield Freeman Chair Professor of Economics and the Dean of the Schwarzman Scholars, Tsinghua University.As a leading Chinese economist, Professor Li is active in policy advising and discussions. He served on China’s Monetary Policy Committee and was an external advisor to the International Monetary Fund. He is a member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Committee (CPPCC) and a member of the Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum based in Switzerland.Professor Li holds a B.S. and Ph.D. in economics from Tsinghua University and Harvard University, respectively.
汪晖清华大学 人文学院 教授
Wang Hui’s research focuses on contemporary Chinese literature and intellectual history. He was the executive editor of the influential magazine Dushu from May 1996 to July 2007. The U.S. magazine Foreign Policy named him as one of the top 100 public intellectuals in the world in May 2008. Wang Hui is the recipient of many awards for his scholarship, and has been a Visiting Professor at Harvard, Edinburgh, Bologna (Italy), Stanford, UCLA, Berkeley, and the University of Washington, among others. In March 2010, he appeared as the keynote speaker at the annual meeting for the Association of Asian Scholars.
阎学通清华大学 国际关系学系 教授
Professor Yan Xuetong is the Director of The Institute of International Studies at Tsinghua University and the chief editor of The Chinese Journal of International Politics. He is also a vice chairman of the China Association of International Relations Studies, a vice chairman of the China Association of American Studies, and a board member of the following organizations: China Diplomacy Association; China Association of Peaceful Unification; China Association of UN Studies; China Association of Arms Control and Disarmament; China Association of International Relations Studies; China-U.S. Friendship Association; and the China Association of Asia-Pacific Studies. He is an adjunct professor at the National Defense University and a senior research fellow with the National Security Committee. He is also an academic advisor to The Korean Journal of Defense Analysis; the Journal of Chinese Political Science, World Economics and Politics; Contemporary World; the Chinese Journal of European Studies, Southeast Asia Studies, and the Journal of Strategy and Decision-Making.He is the author of Practical Methods of International Studies, Second Edition (2007); International Politics and China (2005); American Hegemony and China's Security (2000); Analysis of China's National Interests (1996); and the co-author of China's Foreign Relations with Major Powers 1950-2005 (2010); Strategic Thinking About China's Rise (2010); Thoughts of World Leadership and Implications (2009); The Analysis of International Relations (2008); The Rise of China and Its Strategy (2005); Peace and Security in East Asia (2005); Calculation of International Circumstances and the Taiwan Issue (2005); Security Cooperation in East Asia (2004); China and Asia-Pacific Security (1999); International Environment for China's Rise (1998); and the editor of Classic Readings in International Security (2009); Pre-Qin Chinese Thoughts on Foreign Relations (2008); World Politics Views From China: International Security (2006); and the translator of Contending Theories of International Relations, Fifth Edition (2003).He has published more than a hundred papers and articles on International Relations. His Analysis of China's National Interests won the 1998 China Book Prize and Practical Methods of International Studies was authorized as a text book by the Chinese Education Ministry in 2006.Dr. Yan received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley in 1992; his M.A. in international relations from the Institute of International Relations in 1986, and a B.A. in English from Heilongjiang University in 1982.