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How are Foreign Policy Decisions Made in China?

Jakobson, Linda; Manuel, Ryan

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The growing number of actors involved in China's international activities has led to fractured authority in foreign policy decision-making. Actors vie for the attention of senior officials to promote their interests on any specific issue. As a result, decision making is often a slow process; there are multiple channels of information, and actors appeal to public opinion to support their claims. Since 2012, Xi Jinping has taken charge of all foreign policy related decision-making bodies in what...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorJakobson, Linda
dc.contributor.authorManuel, Ryan
dc.date.accessioned2018-11-29T22:57:05Z
dc.date.available2018-11-29T22:57:05Z
dc.identifier.issn2050-2680
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/153735
dc.description.abstractThe growing number of actors involved in China's international activities has led to fractured authority in foreign policy decision-making. Actors vie for the attention of senior officials to promote their interests on any specific issue. As a result, decision making is often a slow process; there are multiple channels of information, and actors appeal to public opinion to support their claims. Since 2012, Xi Jinping has taken charge of all foreign policy related decision-making bodies in what appears to be an attempt to improve coordination of interest groups. A slight shift to a more personified foreign policy than during the Hu or Jiang eras has also taken place. In this paper, we describe how foreign policy decisions should be made in China according to formal rules; next, we take into account the reality of how the Chinese political system deals with China's evolving international role. We conclude by assessing the risks of fragmentation, on the one hand, and Xi's efforts to recentralise foreign policy, on the other hand.
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.publisherWiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
dc.sourceAsia & The Pacific Policy Studies
dc.titleHow are Foreign Policy Decisions Made in China?
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume3
dc.date.issued2016
local.identifier.absfor160607 - International Relations
local.identifier.ariespublicationu5557297xPUB157
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationJakobson, Linda, Lowy Institute for International Policy
local.contributor.affiliationManuel, Ryan, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.bibliographicCitation.issue1
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage101
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage110
local.identifier.doi10.1002/app5.121
local.identifier.absseo940301 - Defence and Security Policy
dc.date.updated2018-11-29T08:15:32Z
local.identifier.thomsonID000372729700011
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access
CollectionsANU Research Publications

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