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China, the Developing World, and the New Global Dynamic

Lowell Dittmer and George T. Yu, editors
China, the Developing World, and the New Global Dynamic
ISBN: 978-1-58826-700-9
ISBN: 978-1-58826-726-9
2010/251 pages/LC: 2009032150

"An excellent overview of the similarities and differences in China's policies towards and relations with various regions over time."—Ward Warmerdam, Journal of Chinese Political Science

"The best book yet on China and the developing world."—Edward Friedman, East Asia

"A significant and timely contribution.... This ambitious effort deserves careful study by anyone who is interested in Chinese politics.”"—Lilly Kelan Lu, Pacific Affairs

"One of the most up-to-date examinations of China's changing policy toward the developing world.... Excellent."—Yongnian Zheng, Journal of Asian Studies

"Well conceived, well organized, well reasoned, and well written…. A fascinating and thoroughly researched analysis of the complex and evolving relations between China and the developing world."—Samuel S. Kim, Columbia University

"The best available book on this topic.… A broad and careful consideration of the context of China’s attention to the developing world."—Robert Sutter, Georgetown University


With China's rise as a major player in international affairs, how have its policies toward developing countries changed? And how do those policies now fit with its overall foreign policy goals? This timely book explores the complexities of China's evolving relationship with the developing world.

The authors first examine the political and economic implications of China's efforts to be seen as a responsible great power. A series of comprehensive regional chapters then showcase a quid pro quo relationship—variously involving crucial raw materials, energy, and consumers on the one hand and infrastructure development, aid, and security on the other. The concluding chapter illuminates China's search for national identity in the context of widespread suspicions of its strategic motives. The result is a thorough, yet accessible, view of an increasingly important topic in global affairs.


Lowell Dittmer is professor of political science at the University of California, Berkeley. His numerous publications include South Asia's Nuclear Security Dilemma: India, Pakistan, and China and China's Deep Reform: Domestic Politics in Transition. George T. Yu is professor emeritus of political science at the University of Illinois. Among his recent publications are The Emerging East Community and Mongolia and Northeast Asia Economic Development and Regional Cooperation.


  • China and the Developing World—L. Dittmer.
  • Changing Perspectives and Policies—M. Gurtov.
  • The Rise of a New "Trading Nation"—D. Zweig.
  • China and Southeast Asia: A New Regional Order in the Making?—J. Dosch.
  • China and South Asia: Strategic Implications and Economic Imperatives—L. Saez and C. Chang.
  • China and Greater Central Asia: Economic Opportunities and Security Concerns—N. Swanström.
  • China's Africa Policy: South-South Unity and Cooperation—G.T. Yu.
  • China's Middle East Strategy: In Search of Wells and Power—Y. Shichor.
  • China and Latin America: Development Challenges and Geopolitical Dilemmas—N. Phillips.
  • China's Rise, Global Identity, and the Developing World—L. Dittmer.