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Thanks are made to all our colleagues, including Dean Raoul Mortley and the International Relations team at Bond University, whose discussions and support have been invaluable. Acknowledgment is made to the Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies (in the Faculty of Society and Design at Bond University) and to the Alan Chan Travelling Fellowship, which helped facilitate regular...
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~Chinese thinkers, political elites, and China’s increasingly informed society have continually grappled with the problem of power as governance. Whether domestically or internationally, they have been using the past to inform the present but have also mobilized new ideas as the country’s situation changes. China’s...
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Chapter 1 - Timeliness
~China is often viewed as much more than a modern, territorially bound state. Rather, it is historically perceived as a transnational civilization with the longest direct pattern of continuity: its origins...
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Chapter 2 - Embracing Shi
~Chinese philosophical thought, at least in its later Confucian, Daoist,...
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Chapter 3 - Imperial Stratagems
~The Chinese imperial order was established by the Qin and the Han dynasties. It became the authoritative framework for the unified Chinese state and its pre-eminent power in a wider Asian domain that it influenced to secure borders, maintain...
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Chapter 4 - The Use and Abuse of Nationalism
~In common usage we use the name of states and nationalities loosely, accepting the modern correlation between a territorially bounded state and its main nationality or perceived national identity—for example, the French in France, all Australian citizens are Australians, and that the people of Japan are of course Japanese. The modern...
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Chapter 5 - People’s Party, People’s Army
~“A revolution is not a dinner party,” Mao Zedong wrote in 1927, “or writing an essay, or painting a picture, or doing embroidery.” Referring to Confucian virtues, he went further: “It cannot be so refined, so leisurely and gentle, so...
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~China and its leadership circles have a wide range of analytic tools to chart their future. Some are based on sophisticated models of political interaction...
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Chapter 7 - Unicorns and Dragons
~Culture and strategy have figured prominently in this book. China—which we have seen is a nation-state that identifies as a civilization—is especially prone to a culturally informed investigation of its power. The qualifying phrase “with Chinese...
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Conclusion - The Dance of the Giants
~Beijing has long understood that national strength rests on effective governance. By adhering to this fundamental insight, China has been able to maintain its place as a significant world power, even as its relative power and influence fluctuated. Periods of breakdown, revolution and civil war did interrupt this process, but were soon...
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~Several well-known strands of thought have shaped the background evolution of Chinese political and strategic thought. These brief descriptions will be of use in showing the wider context of these important traditions for readers not familiar with Chinese philosophy.
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~R. James Ferguson, PhD, is Director of Bond University’s Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies, and Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Faculty of Society and Design. His teaching and research areas include East Asia, the Indo-Pacific Region, Eurasia, and Latin America, as well as...
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