TITLE

THE NEW THRUST IN CHINA'S FOREIGN POLICY

AUTHOR(S)
Johnson, Chalmers
PUB. DATE
September 1978
SOURCE
Foreign Affairs;Fall1978, Vol. 57 Issue 1, p125
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article discusses influences which have combined to produce significant movement in Chinese foreign policy since 1976. The first impetus to change and certainly the most important, has been the domestic political requirements of the new leaders for legitimacy and stability. The second bas been external developments to which the Chinese government has had to be responsive. China is only beginning its recovery from the Cultural Revolution. As late as the end of 1977, Vice President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Politburo member Fang Yi said that the situation in science and education was so bad that virtually everything needs to be done. In foreign policy, the Chinese have identified the problems and forged policies to deal with them. The world waits to see if the leadership can liberate the creative energies of the Chinese people and lead them to mutually advantageous relationships with other nations. If not, the alternative would appear to be a return to the sterile internal dispute over what the Chinese should do with their revolution now that they have won it, and a heightened Chinese susceptibility to Soviet pressure. The policies of the U.S. and of its Second World allies will influence, not decisively but importantly, China's progress in either direction.
ACCESSION #
4853866

 

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