China's Peaceful Rise: Speeches of Zheng Bijian 1997-2005

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Brookings Institution Press, May 25, 2006 - Political Science - 88 pages

While in the past other emerging powers have used territorial expansion or other forms of aggression in order to insert themselves into the international arena, China is taking a different road. In this timely collection of speeches, Zheng Bijian, one of China's leading thinkers on ideological questions, examines "China's peaceful rise," addressing some of the most complex issues China faces as it emerges into a rapidly changing world order. These speeches reflect Zheng's firm sense that the lessons of history demand that China pursue a stable, peaceful international environment as a first priority. Such a strategy will not only help smooth China's rise—it will also translate China's successes into benefits for other countries as well. These speeches are worth reading not only for the strength of their ideas, but also for a greater understanding of the political and policy constraints and opportunities in relations with China. They help us begin to answer the crucial question that informs all these speeches: How should we think about China?

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Contents

Foreword
Chinas New Road of Peaceful Rise and ChineseUS Relations
A New Path for Chinas Peaceful Rise and the Future of Asia
Enough to Keep This and the Next Two to Three Generations of Chinese Extremely Busy
Chinas Peaceful Rise and Opportunities for the AsiaPacific Region
Chinas Development and New Path to a Peaceful Rise
We Should Welcome It
A New Opportunity for Relations between China and the United States
A New Path
Chinas Two Historic Pursuits in Modern Times
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Zheng Bijian is chairman of the China Reform Forum, a Beijing-based think tank working on domestic and international issues. He was formerly executive vice president of the Central Party School, serving as deputy to Chinese President Hu Jintao.

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