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

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More significantly, it missed out the crucial point of the internat ionalist outlook of the Communi st ideology of a world Revolution. The Chine se revolution , the CCP consistently held, con stituted one part of the world revolution . 84 The CCP also professed an international proletarian solidarity. Unlike the previou s emp ires in Chine se history, therefore, the PRC did not try to seclude itself from the outside world. On the contrary, from the very first day, it was trying to reach out to the world and to other members of the international community.

53 Chin a' s isolation, if any, was more of an intended result of parti cular Amer ican poli cie s than of Ch ina' s own choice. The Soviet Union and the China anomaly Th e probl em of the PRC' s position in international society was furth er compounded by Sino-Soviet relations. >' Equally importantl y, the Sino-So viet alliance treat y ga ve China a sense of belon ging to the community of soc ialist countries . Less than a decade later, howe ver, increasingly acrimonious polemi cs bet ween the CCP and the CPSU (the Communist Party of the Soviet Union) was brought into the open .

Second, the PRC delibe rately fostered a strategy of self- reliance in its economic developm ent, which posited that the nation' s interest would be best served and promoted by minimal dependence on international economy. By implication, the PRC would not have interactions with international econom y more than was absolutel y necess ary for its survival. Third, the PRC purpo sely and effectively closed its door to the outside world and cut off its cultural ties and other institutional links with most Western countries.

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