This book intends to make sense of how Chinese leaders perceive China’s rise in the world through the eyes of China’s international relations (IR) scholars. Drawing on a unique, four-year opinion survey of these scholars carried out at the annual conference of the Chinese Community of Political Science and International Studies (CCPSIS) in Beijing from 2014–2017, the authors examine Chinese IR scholars’ perceptions and their changes over time of key issues related to China’s power, its relationship with the United States and other major countries, and China’s position in the international system. Furthermore, the authors complement the surveys with a textual analysis of the academic publications in China’s top five IR journals. By comparing and contrasting the opinion surveys and textual analyses, this book sheds new light on how Chinese IR scholars view the world as well as how they might influence China’s foreign policy.
First book that systematically examines Chinese scholars’ perceptions of international relations
Includes findings from a four-year survey research study (2014-2017) in Beijing, designed as a semi-longitudinal study in order to gauge the changing attitudes and perceptions of Chinese scholars
Part of a multi-year project, “Understanding China’s Rise through the Eyes of Chinese IR Scholars,” funded by the MacArthur Foundation
“This short, well-crafted volume takes a significant step forward in providing a systematic review of how Chinese international affairs specialists assess contemporary issues in Chinese foreign relations and particularly Chinese relations with the United States.” — Robert Sutter, Pacific Affairs
"Feng, He and Li’s study will join David Shambaugh’s and other fine contributions to our understanding of Chinese views of China’s place in the world, appealing to academics, students of and researchers on Chinese foreign policy, as well as members of the policymaking community." — Gregory Moore, Journal of Chinese Political Science
"The book contains in-depth research, careful analysis, and a good presentation, enabling IR students and scholars to understand how Chinese experts express their opinions on salient pressing issues concerning US-China relations and the world more generally. To the extent that their views may represent or influence government perspectives, it creates a window for scholars and policy makers to appreciate how China thinks and what China wants." — Isaac Nunoo, The China Journal