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China and the world

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Title: China and the world
Author(s): Fitzgerald, Stephen
Date published: 1977
Publisher: Canberra : Contemporary China Centre in association with the Australian National University Press
Description: 
Dr Stephen FitzGerald is Professorial Fellow in Modern Chinese History, Head of the Department of Far Eastern History and Head of the Contemporary China Centre in The Australian National University. He was formerly a member of the (then) External Affairs Department from which he resigned to enter academic life. In 1971 he accompanied the then-Leader of the Opposition, E. G. Whitlam, to China and in 1973 he was appointed first Australian ambassador to the People's Republic of China. During his tour of duty from 1973 to 1976 he established Australia's first embassy in China and has served under both Labor and Liberal ministries. Dr FitzGerald's knowledge of China and Chinese has greatly enhanced Chinese-Australian understanding. This book achieves a difficult feat of interpretation: to explain, from the Chinese point of view as its author understands it, China's approach to the world outside its own boundaries and the difficulties most western governments experience in coming to terms with China. Against the background of past and contemporary Chinese history Dr FitzGerald builds an analysis of present-day China's approach to other countries of the world: the United States and the Soviet Union, Southeast Asia, Japan, and Australia. He believes there is a stability and a subtle and continuing theme unbroken even by the upheavals of the Cultural Revolution and the overthrow of the 'Gang of Four'. This book - which embodies the revised ANU Convocation Lectures for 1977, given throughout Australia and broadcast by the ABC, and the 1977 Arthur Yencken Memorial Lectures - is unusually wide in the interest it will attract from 'China Watchers', academics, diplomats, businessmen, students of history and inter national relations; above all, from those concerned to know and understand China. A transcript of the questions and answers at the lectures is available from Secretary, Contemporary China Centre, Australian National University, Canberra.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/114705

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