17.407 / 17.408 Chinese Foreign Policy

As taught in: Fall 2005

A photograph of Secretary Condoleezza Rice meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhao Xing.
Secretary Rice meets with Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhao Xing. (Image courtesy of the United States Department of State.)


Undergraduate / Graduate


Prof. M. Taylor Fravel

Course Description

This lecture course provides students with a comprehensive introduction to the international relations of the People’s Republic of China. China’s foreign relations during the Cold War as well as contemporary diplomatic, security and economic issues will be examined to identify and explain China’s foreign policy goals and their implementation since 1949. Throughout, this course will investigate the sources of conflict and cooperation in China’s behavior, assessing competing explanations for key events and policies. Readings will be drawn from political science, history, and international relations theory.