China in International Society since 1949: Alienation and by Yongjin Zhang (auth.)

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This is certainly not to deny that there were restrictive practices in China's policy towards the international economy. For example, borrowing Isolation or Alienation? 41 from the international capital markets was strictly prohibited. Neith er is this to argue that China's interactions with many other economies were not minimal. It is questionable, however, whether there was a deliberate policy of economic isolationism in China's development strategy . To conclude, a caution must be heeded. To argue that there was no isolationism in the PRe's foreign policy does not imply that some of its policies did not create circumstances in which the PRC found itself increasingly separated and isolated from the international community.

Neith er is this to argue that China's interactions with many other economies were not minimal. It is questionable, however, whether there was a deliberate policy of economic isolationism in China's development strategy . To conclude, a caution must be heeded. To argue that there was no isolationism in the PRe's foreign policy does not imply that some of its policies did not create circumstances in which the PRC found itself increasingly separated and isolated from the international community. Moreover, the argument by no means denies that relative isolation of the PRC from the West did exist.

One in 1954 on Indo-China and the other in 1962 on Laos . "? The strategic breakthrough in Sino-American relations in 1971-72 was also attributable to the American desire to involve the PRC positively in ending the Vietnam War. More subtly , perhaps, the Korean War armi stice commi ssion at Panmunjom, the two Geneva Conferences, and the Sino-American ambassadorial talks from 1955 onwards first at Geneva and then at Warsaw kept in existence diplomatic contacts between the PRC and the United State s, the hegemon of the international system at the time.

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