China’s reemergence as a global player raises important questions about the origins of the country’s foreign policy and the impact of its international strategy on the Asia-Pacific region and the world. This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the history of foreign relations of the People’s Republic of China from 1949 to the early 21st century. In particular, students will assess competing explanations, such as historical experience, domestic politics, and the international system, for key events and policies.