Author: Elena SAFRONOVA
Beijing: World Affairs Press, 2004, 585 pp.
The book reviewed here has been produced by the joint efforts of several departments of China's Foreign Ministry and put out by the Ministry's Policy Planning Department, whose staff provided general editing. The body of its text is preceded by a foreword written in the name of the country's foreign minister, Li Zhaosing.
China's Foreign Ministry publishes annual materials in the China's Foreign Affairs series for the benefit of readers in and beyond the republic. The 2004 edition stands out in the series precisely because it is the first unabridged English-language edition of the series.
The key role the Policy Planning Department assigns to this edition is providing an accurate and comprehensive overview of China's foreign policy and its outlook for the international situation in flux, and offering a systematized and comprehensive interpretation of China's relations with the rest of the world in the respective year (p. 584).
The 2004 edition of China's Foreign Affairs is especially focused on the efforts Chinese diplomats were making in many fields during 2003. Several of its chapters and articles, however, offer a retrospective view of certain events of historical significance.
The book has seven chapters.
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