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

By Yongjin Zhang (auth.)

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Mao declared in a dram atic fashion that New China was to ' lean to one side' . These three policy decisions were later dubbed as 'start anew' , 'put our house in order before inviting the gue sts', and ' lea n to one side' . 88 Such foreign policies are certainly more nationalist than 'is olationist' . The crux of these pol icies was that New China and the Chinese Communi sts would insist on establishing diplomatic relations on their own terms , especially with the capitalist West and 'imperial ist' countries.

In general, alienation in this study takes on the other basic meaning which the word most commonl y conveys in polit ical studies. " To be more specific, alienation of one state or one group or states from another means that cordial relations between the two have been broken and friendly feelings towards each other have been turned into bitterness and hostility.

Furthermore, the Sino-Soviet Alliance and the PRe's relations with other socialist countries, interpreted through the mirror of the Cold War politics , did not necessarily signal the PRC's willingness to conduct state -to-state relations on principles commonly accepted by international society as a whole. However, the assumption that recognition of the PRC would not make it fully accountable on the international scene had never been put to test. By denying the legitimacy of the PRC in international society on this assumption, the United States and its allies were courting the unaccountability of the PRC for its actions in that society.

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