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China, the Developing World, and the New Global Dynamic

The Institute of East Asian Studies will host a talk on China and how, over time, international politics towards developing countries is changing.

September 15, 2010 4:00pm to 5:30pm

With China's rise as a major player in international affairs, how have its policies toward developing countries changed? And how do those policies now fit with its overall foreign policy goals? This timely new book explores the complexities of China's evolving relationship with the developing world.

The authors first examine the political and economic implications of China's efforts to be seen as a responsible great power. A series of comprehensive regional chapters then showcase a quid pro quo relationship—variously involving crucial raw materials, energy, and consumers on the one hand and infrastructure development, aid, and security on the other. The concluding chapter illuminates China's search for national identity in the context of widespread suspicions of its strategic motives. The result is a thorough, yet accessible, view of an increasingly important topic in global affairs.

Lowell Dittmer is professor of political science at the University of California, Berkeley. His numerous publications include South Asia's Nuclear Security Dilemma: India, Pakistan, and China and China's Deep Reform: Domestic Politics in Transition. George T. Yu is professor emeritus of political science at the University of Illinois. Among his recent publications are The Emerging East Community and Mongolia and Northeast Asia Economic Development and Regional Cooperation.

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