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The Making of Foreign Policy in China: Structure and Process
The Making of Foreign Policy in China: Structure and Process
By A. Doak Barnett
Westview Press/Washington: Johns Hopkins Foreign Policy Institute, 1985, 160 pp

Relying heavily on interviews with Chinese officials and scholars during the past two years, one of the West's most distinguished China specialists has written a pioneering account of the foreign policy process in China. He shows that the policymaking process has become more systematic and professionalized and that major policy decisions now receive careful consideration by a variety of institutions before decisions are made. Although there has been a certain shift of power to a younger generation of specialists, China's Old Guard still retains significant influence.