China has the dubious record of having been in combat with, and the subject of, nuclear threats from both superpowers. This unique status reflects both China’s special status in the balance of power, and the wildly changing objectives of Chinese foreign policy. Not surprisingly, China has seen its relations with both superpowers as its main foreign policy priority. There have been four main periods in China’s strategy towards the superpowers, but in order to understand the latest period since 1980, a brief review of the preceding three phases is necessary.
KeywordsForeign Policy Diplomatic Relation Chinese Foreign Policy Soviet Threat Domestic Priority
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