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POLS318 Chinese Foreign Policy

Critical analysis of the foreign policy of the People’s Republic of China since its foundation in 1949.

Paper title Chinese Foreign Policy
Paper code POLS318
Subject Politics
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2023 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $955.05
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18 200-level POLS points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
An interest in national and international affairs is an advantage.
Teaching staff
Dr Nicholas Khoo
Paper Structure

This paper is divided into three sections. In the first section, students will be introduced to the alternative theoretical perspectives that are used to analyse China's international behaviour. The second section will focus on China's foreign policy during the Cold War (from 1946-1991). Attention will be paid to China's relations with the Soviet Union, the United States, and states in Asia. For section three, which deals with the post-Cold War era (1991-present), we will focus on the evolution of Sino-U.S. relations and China's relations with states on its periphery: specifically, Northeast Asia and Southeast Asia. We also explore the increasing salience of internal challenges for China’s foreign policy, reflected in the issues surrounding and Hong Kong, Xinjiang, and Tibet. 


There are no textbooks for this paper. Readings will be available in electronic format in eReserve.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Research.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will gain

  • An understanding of the major events and turning points in Chinese foreign policy since 1949
  • An appreciation for the alternative academic interpretations of China as an actor in the international system since 1949

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Not offered in 2023

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system