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China's international behavior: activism, opportunism, and diversification

China's international behavior: activism, opportunism, and diversification

Medeiros, Evan S., author

China is now a global actor of significant and growing importance. It is active in regions and on issues that were once only peripheral to its interests, and it is effectively using tools previously unavailable. It is no longer appropriate to talk of integrating China into the international system; by and large, it is already there. Its international behavior is clearly altering the dynamics of the current international system, but it is not transforming its structure. China's global activism is continually changing and has so many dimensions that it immediately raises questions about its current and future intentions and the implications for global stability and prosperity. This study examines how China views its security environment, how it defines its international objectives, how it is pursuing these objectives, and the consequences for U.S. economic and security interests.--Publisher description

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Published Santa Monica, CA : RAND 2009

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Statement of responsibility: Evan S. Medeiros
ISBN: 0833048961, 9780833047090, 9780833048967
Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 225-247).
Note: Title from PDF title page (Rand, viewed Oct. 22, 2009).
Note: "Prepared for the United States Air Force."
Note: "RAND Project Air Force."
Language note: Text in English and Chinese.
Physical Description: 1 online resource (xxix, 247 pages) : illustrations.
Series: RAND Corporation monograph series
Subject: United States.; Diplomatic relations.; China Economic policy 2000-; National security.; China.; China Foreign relations United States.; United States Foreign relations China.; POLITICAL SCIENCE International Relations General.; National security China.; China Foreign relations 21st century.; Economic policy.; POLITICAL SCIENCE Political Freedom & Security International Security.
Series Title: Rand Corporation monograph series.
Local note: JSTOR Books at JSTOR Open Access


  1. Introduction
  2. China's foreign policy outlook
  3. Current perceptions of the international security environment
  4. China's foreign policy objectives
  5. China's expanding diplomatic toolkit
  6. China's foreign policy actions
  7. Challenges facing Chinese diplomacy
  8. Conclusions.