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China's Foreign Policy

Get a comprehensive and practical guide to China’s modern domestic and foreign policy and diplomacy.

China's Foreign Policy

Understand the factors behind China’s foreign policy

China is one of the world’s preeminent superpowers, rivalling even the United States for overseas influence and economic clout.

On this course, you’ll explore China’s political system, discovering how its domestic and foreign policy intersect. You’ll learn about how Chinese diplomacy operates, and the levers it uses to exercise influence overseas.

Understand China’s domestic politics

You’ll delve into the domestic drivers behind China’s foreign policy, exploring the strategic priorities of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the ideology that influences its bureaucracy.

Get an in-depth insight into the increasing impact of the private sector on Chinese politics, and see how commercial and political interests collide in modern China.

Discover how China became an economic superpower

You’ll examine the history of China’s economic reform programme, and learn how Xi Jinping has pushed China towards a new era of globalisation and geopolitical control.

Consider the relationship between Huawei and other tech powers and the Chinese state, and uncover China’s unfolding digital global vision.

Explore the secrets behind China’s soft power

You’ll identify the mechanisms China uses to exert soft power abroad, including its cultural diplomacy, and the Silk Road initiative, also known as the One Belt, One Road (OBOR) programme.

Alongside diplomacy and geopolitics experts at the Global Diplomatic Forum, you’ll also reflect on China’s participation in global governance organisations, such as the World Trade Organisation (WTO), emerging confident in your understanding of China’s diplomatic work.

What topics will you cover?

  • Compact Governance Machine: connecting domestic and foreign policy

  • Economy and Tech Power

  • Public Diplomacy and Soft Power

  • Multilateral Mechanisms and Global Governance

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Improve career advancement opportunities with up to date skills and knowledge related to a key player in international politics of this century.
  • Apply in-depth knowledge of relating domestic and foreign policy of China.
  • Investigate the main levers driving diplomacy of China.
  • Develop comprehensive understanding of China's Modern Diplomacy Framework.
  • Identify the process of diplomatic work by the governance Machine of China.
  • Collect transferable knowledge and skills necessary to advance in every field.

Who is the course for?

This course would appeal to students, diplomats, and international affairs and corporate professionals aiming to pursue a career in diplomacy or work for government or international organisations.

Who will you learn with?

Who developed the course?

Global Diplomatic Forum

The Global Diplomatic Forum is a knowledge hub for diplomats. It provides an inclusive platform for the exchange of expertise in the realm of international affairs.

Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps, but you can complete them as quickly or slowly as you like
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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What's included?

This is a premium course. These courses are designed for professionals from specific industries looking to learn with a smaller group of like-minded individuals.

  • Unlimited access to this course
  • Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes
  • Tests to validate your learning
  • Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you're eligible
  • Download and print your Certificate of Achievement anytime

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