17.407 / 17.408 Chinese Foreign Policy: International Relations and Strategy

As taught in: Spring 2009

A guard in Beijing stands in front of the imperial palace where a large photo of Mao Zedong hangs.

A large portrait of Mao Zedong, the first Chairman of the Communist Party of China, hangs in front of the Forbidden City in Beijing, China. (Image courtesy of Diez Photography on flickr.)


Undergraduate / Graduate


Prof. M. Taylor Fravel

Course Description

China's rise as a great power raises important questions about how that power might be used in its relations with other states. Nowhere are such questions more salient than in the future trajectory of China's conflict behavior, including its approach to deterrence, crisis management and the use of force. To explore these important questions in China's international relations, this seminar examines the evolution of Chinese strategic thought, in primary sources as well as its reflection in the interactions among Chinese states and between China and other states.