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ENRICH-0653 – Curr Iss In-Person: Chinese Foreign Policy (ENRICH-0653_CHFP)

Chinese Foreign Policy: What the Future Holds

Chinese President Xi Jinping is most famously linked to his “Chinese Dream” campaign to rejuvenate his nation. Yet many observers view that pursuit as alarming. They see a global power ready to abandon its low-profile diplomacy in favor of throwing its weight around. This class, led by Chinese political expert Jing Sun, deciphers the Chinese Dream and its global impact by examining various actors’ roles in Chinese foreign policymaking: leaders, bureaucrats and the public. Questions examined include: Will Xi be a disrupter or transformer of Chinese politics? Despite China’s “dual-authority” leadership structure, where is the Chinese premier on the country’s diplomatic stage? Is China returning to a one-man state? On the role of bureaucrats, Sun examines Chinese diplomats’ aggressive “wolf warrior” diplomacy and asks how do such assertive behaviors reveal a besieged ministry troubled by low morale and shrinking autonomy? And, how have intra-party fighting and inter-ministerial feuding shaped Chinese diplomacy? Finally, on the role of Chinese celebrities and the masses on the country’s foreign policy, Sun explores the catch-me-if-you-can game as societal forces like social media challenge the government’s monopoly of information control. The course concludes by looking beyond the Chinese context to see how similar multi-level interactions among leaders, bureaucrats and society shape the foreign policymaking process in the U.S., Australia and Japan.

Four in-person sessions
Mon., Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 2022, 6:30-8:30 pm MT

Jing Sun, associate professor of political science, is a former journalist and an expert on Chinese politics and East Asian international relations who regularly contributes to several international media outlets. His book, Red Chamber, World Dream: Actors, Audience, and Agendas in Chinese Foreign Policy and Beyond, was released in 2021.
Course Details
Location: University ParkMode of Study: In-personPlaces Left: 13Waitlist Places Left: 10Fee: $180


Days of the WeekStart DateEnd DateTimeVenueInstructor
Monday3rd October 202224th October 202206:30PM - 08:30PMSturm HallJing Sun