Chinese Foreign Policy

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.)


MIT Course Number

17.407 / 17.408

As Taught In

Fall 2005


Undergraduate / Graduate

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Course Description

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.

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M. Fravel. 17.407 Chinese Foreign Policy. Fall 2005. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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