Vol. 3 No. 3 (2015): CISS Insight Quarterly Journal, Sep 2015

Perspective on China’s Foreign Policy Making

Mr. Khusrow Akkas Abbasi
Research Assistant at the Center for International Strategic Studies (CISS)
Published October 12, 2015
How to Cite
Mr. Khusrow Akkas Abbasi. (2015). Perspective on China’s Foreign Policy Making. CISS Insight Journal, 3(3), P13-25. Retrieved from https://journal.ciss.org.pk/index.php/ciss-insight/article/view/143


One of the most complex tasks in analyzing foreign and security policies of a state are the factors that shape policy outcomes. Such analysis is difficult in respect of any state, but when it comes to China, where many foreign policy making aspects remain opaque and closed to outsiders, it is even more problematic. However China, today, is more accessible than ever before. This brings new options and challenges to understand Chinese policies. With China’s growing importance in world affairs, it is imperative to take up these options and challenges to come to an understanding of the intricate matrix of ideas, institutions, influences and individuals shaping Chinese foreign policy.

In foreign policy analysis, focus is on the study of the conduct and practices of relations between different actors, primarily states, in the international political system. At the center of this analysis lie the processes and dynamics relating to foreign policy making. By virtue of this approach, foreign policy is closely connected with international and domestic politics.