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Ancient Chinese Thought, Modern Chinese Power

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The rise of China could be the most important political development of the twenty-first century. What will China look like in the future? What should it look like? And what will China's rise mean for the rest of world? This book, written by China's most influential foreign policy thinker, sets out a vision for the coming decades from China's point of view.

In the West, Yan
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Hardcover, 300 pages
Published April 3rd 2011 by Princeton University Press (first published March 14th 2011)
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Hadrian
An intriguing attempt to apply concepts from ancient Chinese philosophy into contemporary international relations.

The main text of the book consists of three essays by Dr. Yan about Chinese political philosophy before the unification of the first Chinese state in 221 BCE. The first is a comparative analysis of seven different philosophers who, at various times, served as advisers to various feudal polities and hoped to bring them to more favorable situations. One of the key findings, says Yan,
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Yan Xuetong is one of the best known Chinese academics in the field of international relations, hailing from China's prestigious Tsinghua University. While known as something of a hardliner, or a Neo-Com (a misnomer as such, because Yan's work is not of a Marxist perspective), such positions are not discernible throughout the vast body of this work.
What the work focuses on is pre-Qin Chinese philosophers who wrote on the nature of military power and inter-state relations (essentially before Chin
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