The external relations of China’s provinces
China’s provincial-level units have emerged as important political and economic actors since 1978. Deng Xiaoping's economic reforms and open-door policy (kaifang/zhengce) have not simply decentralized economic power from the central government to the provinces and other localities, but also increased the latter’s involvement in China’s foreign affairs. Not only have such developments posed enormous challenges for the management of China’s foreign affairs system. but they have also generated a new dynamic in central provincial interaction, because the provinces have heightened their participation in the global economy and forged their own international links. This increased assertiveness of China’s provinces in the 19905 has significant implications for the study of China's international behavior and foreign policy. Yet few scholars have systematically examined provincial involvement in external affairs, apart from a few studies on provincial patterns of foreign trade and on the prospect of China’s disintegration.2 in this chapter we analyze the nature, organization, and changing pattern of provincial external relations in the reform era, especially the 19905, as well as the political implications of these developments.
Asian History | Asian Studies
The Making of Chinese Foreign and Security Policy in the Era of Reform, 1978—2000
David M. Lampton
Stanford University Press
City or Country
TANG, Tuck Hong James, & TANG, Tuck Hong James. (2001). The external relations of China’s provinces. In The Making of Chinese Foreign and Security Policy in the Era of Reform, 1978—2000 (pp. 91). Stanford, California: Stanford University Press.
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