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Ten Episodes in China's Diplomacy Hardcover – January 3, 2006

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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (January 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060854197
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060854195
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,154,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Qian Qichen was born in 1928 in Tianjin, China. In 1982 he was appointed as China's vice minister of foreign affairs. He served as minister of foreign affairs from 1988 to 1998, and as vice premier from 1993 to 2003. He lives in Beijing.

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Qian Qichen was the last Chinese foreign minister (as of 2013) to be a member of the Chinese Politburo--in essence, the last Chinese foreign minister whose views were directly injected into Chinese foreign policy making. (It is the decisions of the Chinese Communist Party's leadership, i.e., the Politburo that matter.)

Qian was also present as China emerged as a growing economic power, thanks to Deng Xiaoping's policy of Reform and Opening. He helped negotiate border agreements with Russia and the Central Asian republics (of no small import in light of China's tensions these days).

His memoirs therefore provide important insights into how China's leadership institutions think, how policies are prioritized and debated. Until the Chinese open up their archives, this is probably the closest we'll have to something like Dean Acheson's "Present at the Creation: My Years in the State Department."
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