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The Research on China’s Foreign Policy in the Cold War Period

Chinese Scholars’ Exploration and Thinking (2001-2015)

Liang Zhi    Center for Cold War International History Studies, East China Normal University, China

Shen Zhihua    Center for Cold War International History Studies, East China Normal University, China

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China was a very important regional power that influenced the fundamental pattern of confrontation and détente between the two blocs. With the emergence of new historical documents and the adoption of new methods, Chinese scholars have conducted a few discussions on China’s foreign policy during the Cold War period since 2001. Their research activity is important for at least three reasons: first, thanks to the analysis of new historical material Chinese scholars have opened up many new research questions; second, it has constantly enlarged the field of analysis focusing on high level external contacts and lower strata grassroots exchange; third, a research team characterised by a reasonable age distribution is being formed in China. Moreover, China has already created two major institutions for scientific research and documentary collection located in the south and the north of the country: the Centre for Cold War International History Studies at East China Normal University and the School of History at Capital Normal University. Certainly, there are still shortcomings in Chinese research on China’s foreign policy during the Cold War and Chinese scholars themselves are attempting to address the problems.

Published
May 3, 2018
Language
EN
ISBN (PRINT)
978-88-6969-221-5
ISBN (EBOOK)
978-88-6969-220-8

Keywords: Review articleCold warChinese scholarsChinaForeign policy

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