China under Threat: The Politics of Strategy and Diplomacy; Revolutionary Diplomacy: Chinese Foreign Policy and the United Front Doctrine; An American Transplant: The Rockefeller Foundation and Peking Union Medical College

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China under Threat: The Politics of Strategy and Diplomacy

By Melvin Gurtov and Byong-Moo Hwang
Johns Hopkins, 1981
336 pp. $22.95
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Revolutionary Diplomacy: Chinese Foreign Policy and the United Front Doctrine

By J. D. Armstrong
University of California Press, 1981
251 pp. $19.00
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An American Transplant: The Rockefeller Foundation and Peking Union Medical College

By Mary Brown Bullock
University of California Press, 1981
305 pp. $17.50
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The first two books are academic studies of Chinese foreign policy: the Gurtov-Hwang analysis stresses the importance of domestic priorities in the making of foreign policy in China, while Armstrong weighs the influence of ideology. Mary Bullock's book is the history of the Beijing Union Medical College since its establishment by the Rockefeller Foundation in the 1920s. By tracing the careers of some of the BUMC graduates up to the present, the author demonstrates the substantial impact they had on Chinese medicine, and the price they had to pay after the communists came to power, when they were often singled out for thought reform and accused of being agents of "American imperialism." Now, because there is a new post-Mao emphasis on rigorous training in all scientific fields, BUMC graduates are being called back again into service.