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China's Peaceful Rise

China's Peaceful Rise: Speeches of Zheng Bijian 1997-2005

Zheng Bijian
Copyright Date: 2005
Pages: 88
  • Book Info
    China's Peaceful Rise
    Book Description:

    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?

    eISBN: 978-0-8157-9785-2
    Subjects: Political Science

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  3. Foreword
    (pp. vii-xii)
    John L. Thornton

    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 management positions at the Propaganda Department, he has brought his intellectual energy to some of the most difficult questions that China has confronted. Zheng is now chairman of the China Reform Forum, a Beijing-based think tank working on domestic and international issues. Some of his most important recent work...

  4. China’s New Road of Peaceful Rise and Chinese-U.S. Relations Brookings Institution, June 16, 2005
    (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 of more positive and stable relations between China and the United States.

    I know there has been heated discussion in recent years in U.S. political circles, major think tanks, and the media on whether or not China’s peaceful rise will threaten America’s global interests. Some important, constructive, enlightening and interesting...

  5. A New Path for China’s Peaceful Rise and the Future of Asia Bo’ao Forum for Asia, 2003
    (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 a series of new achievements. It started to become a well-off society at the beginning of the twenty-first century, and is now concentrating on building on that achievement for the benefit of the whole economy....

  6. Enough to Keep This and the Next Two to Three Generations of Chinese Extremely Busy Interview with Anthony Yuen, Phoenix TV, November 3, 2003
    (pp. 20-28)
    Anthony Yuen

    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 its development and China’s development path.

    Take the “multiplication” first. Every country has its share of difficulties, troubles, and even afflictions in its development. For a relatively small country, a difficulty,...

  7. China’s Peaceful Rise and Opportunities for the Asia-Pacific Region Bo’ao Forum for Asia and China Reform Forum Roundtable Meeting, April 18, 2004
    (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 of China’s peaceful rise and have raised some very thought-provoking questions that deserve answers. I would like to elaborate on three aspects of this issue: the nature and feasibility of China’s path to peaceful rise; what China’s peaceful rise will bring...

  8. China’s Development and New Path to a Peaceful Rise Villa d’Este Forum, September 2004
    (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: how to perceive China’s achievements in development; and how to perceive China’s path of development in the first half of the twenty-first century.

    To illustrate China’s development achievements over the past twenty-five years, I offer some statistics. China adopted its policy of reform and opening up in 1978....

  9. We Should Welcome It Interview with Ye Xiaoshen, writer, September 10, 2004
    (pp. 44-66)
    Ye Xiaoshen

    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 discussion on “Asia Searching for Win-Win, Development through Cooperation” by introducing the proposition of “China’s development path of peaceful rise” at such an unofficial, not-for-profit, open, and institutionalized forum. By introducing this development path, which we have...

  10. A New Opportunity for Relations between China and the United States Council on Foreign Relations, December 13, 2002
    (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?

    Opportunityis an eternal theme. When Francis Bacon talked about opportunity he said, “Opportunity only favors those prepared minds.” We may not be well prepared today to let opportunity favor us, but I believe we can at least talk about it.

    In general, we talk about two...

  11. The Sixteenth National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party and China’s Peaceful Rise: A New Path Center for Strategic and International Studies, December 9, 2002
    (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 all the members—with the exception of Hu Jintao of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the CCP—were replaced with new faces. The most striking feature of the reshuffle...

  12. China’s Two Historic Pursuits in Modern Times John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, December 4, 1997
    (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 is deeply committed to a peaceful path of development after carefully sizing up the situation, pondering on this issue, and prudently choosing from the different options.

    I believe I can be very frank...