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China's Peaceful Rise

Speeches of Zheng Bijian 1997-2005

Bijian Zheng

Publication Year: 2005

While in the past other emerging powers have used territorial expansion or other forms of aggression in order to insert themselves into the international arena, China is taking a different road. In this timely collection of speeches, Zheng Bijian, one of China's leading thinkers on ideological questions, examines "China's peaceful rise," addressing some of the most complex issues China faces as it emerges into a rapidly changing world order. These speeches reflect Zheng's firm sense that the lessons of history demand that China pursue a stable, peaceful international environment as a first priority. Such a strategy will not only help smooth China's rise —it will also translate China's successes into benefits for other countries as well. These speeches are worth reading not only for the strength of their ideas, but also for a greater understanding of the political and policy constraints and opportunities in relations with China. They help us begin to answer the crucial question that informs all these speeches: How should we think about China?

Published by: Brookings Institution Press

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pp. v-vi

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pp. vii-xii

In the more than two decades since Deng Xiaoping began China’s process of opening and reform, Zheng Bijian has been one of China’s leading thinkers and writers on ideological questions. From a variety of senior Communist Party positions, ranging from scholarly work at the Central Party School of China to high...

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China's New Road of Peaceful Rise and Chinese-U.S. Relations

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pp. 1-13

It is a great pleasure for me to visit Washington again and come to the Brookings Institution, an important U.S. think tank, to exchange views with you. I hope that our dialogue will lead to better mutual understanding, more common ground, greater mutual trust, and less misgiving in the interest...

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A New Path for China's Peaceful Rise and the Future of Asia

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pp. 14-19

I would like briefly to share my observations on the following topics: how to view China’s development; how to view the path of China’s rise; and how to view the relationship between China’s rise and Asia. It has been precisely a quarter of a century since the inception of China’s reform and opening up. During these twenty-five years, China has made important progress and scored...

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Enough to Keep This and the Next Two to Three Generations of Chinese Extremely Busy

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pp. 20-28

Anthony Yuen: In your speech just now at the Bo’ao Forum for Asia, you used a very interesting concept, “the two mathematical propositions”—or multiplication and division—to explain China’s development problems. Can you elaborate on that? Zheng Bijian: I think this is something we Chinese are living with everyday, and I have highlighted it only because it is an easy way to understand the problems China faces in...

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China's Peaceful Rise and Opportunities for the Asia-Pacific Region

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pp. 29-36

The China Reform Forum and the Bo’ao Forum for Asia have come together to discuss the important relationship between China’s peaceful rise and economic globalization. Due to China’s development, over the past two years “China threat” and “China collapse” have become hot topics in some countries. I have noticed lately that people are also quite interested in the topic...

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China's Development and New Path to a Peaceful Rise

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pp. 37-43

China’s rapid development in recent years has attracted wide attention, and its rise has become a hot topic in the international community. The key issue is how to perceive China’s future development in the first half of the twenty-first century. Here, I would like to share my observations on the following topics...

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We Should Welcome It

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pp. 44-66

Ye Xiaoshen: The theory of China’s peaceful rise was proposed by you at the last annual conference of the Bo’ao Forum for Asia. Were there any special reasons for choosing that occasion? Zheng Bijian: Bo’ao is a very good occasion. The Bo’ao Forum for Asia is the first international conference organization headquartered in China. We all feel it is significant to join the...

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A New Opportunity for Relations between China and the United States

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pp. 67-73

From Washington to New York, wherever I go in the States on my current trip, I hear a lot of American friends say that there is a new opportunity now for Chinese-U.S. relations. I very much echo their views, but the question is, how should we view this new opportunity for Chinese-U.S. relations? Opportunity is an eternal theme. When Francis Bacon...

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The Sixteenth National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party and China's Peaceful Rise: A New Path

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pp. 74-81

I am delighted to meet with friends today. Let me start my presentation with some words about the leadership reshuffle at the Sixteenth National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The Sixteenth Party Congress was held at a key juncture, when the central leadership of the party as a whole needed to be reshuffled. The most significant outcome of the congress was that...

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China's Two Historic Pursuits in Modern Times

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pp. 82-88

It is a great pleasure for me to share with you some of my thoughts about where China is heading at the turn of the century. This is such a big topic, so I wish to focus my presentation on one crucial point, namely, that at the turn of the century, the world oriented, future-oriented, and modernization-oriented reform and opening up of China is irreversible. The Chinese leadership...

E-ISBN-13: 9780815797852
E-ISBN-10: 0815797850

Page Count: 88
Publication Year: 2005