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China's growing economic presence has both facilitated and been complemented by an increasing global political activism and self-confidence that amounts to a new Chinese foreign policy. Growing engagement with the wider East Asian region has become an important element of Chinese foreign policy since the 1990s. During the 1990s, Chinese foreign policy emphasised the primacy of economic growth and the consequent need to avoid being unnecessarily entangled in disputes with the West or controversial international issues. Taiwan has the potential to severely disrupt China's relations with the rest of the world. The relationship between the US and China is the most important in the world. From the global economy to global security and from climate change to human rights, China will play a major role in global governance.

Understanding Chinese politics

An introduction to government in the People’s Republic of China

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