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DAFF 3045A - Chinese Foreign policy

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

This course aims at acquainting students with an informed knowledge of the dynamics, the mechanisms and the principles of the foreign policy of the People's Republic of China (PRC). It is designed to provide an understanding of the main factors that shape the definition of China's national interests and the rationale of its foreign policy. Though an analysis of China's behaviour, diplomatic strategies and decision-making processes, we will seek to grasp the interplay between historical evolutions, political aspirations, economic needs and security challenges in China's diplomacy. The course will be divided into two parts. The first part will look at the main features of China's foreign policy and its evolutions (ideological principles, stakes, actors and instruments of implementation). The second part will focus on case studies and will analyse China's positions on international affairs in regional settings, from its neighborhood to multilateral forums such as the BRICS and the UN.


BASSAN, Martina (Etudiante Doctorante)

Course validation

This course will be based on several complementary pedagogical approaches: 
 1. A 15 minutes presentation that each student is expected to make starting from the second course on selected topics (40%) 2. A 10-minutes press review on a topic chosen by the students (2 students per presentation) (10%) 
 3. Class attendance, participation and discussion on weekly readings (10%)
 4. A written essay (3000 words, footnotes and appendices included but bibliography excluded). Students will chose the topic with the advice and consent of the professor (40%)

Required reading

  • Alden, Chris and Aran, Amnon, Foreign policy analysis: new approaches (New York: Routledge, 2012).
  • Lampton, David, The Making of Chinese Foreign and Security Policy in the Era of Reform, (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2002) (Chapters 1-4).
  • Ning, Lu, The Dynamics of Foreign-Policy Decisionmaking in China (Boulder, C.O.: Westview Press, 1997)