Friday, September 24, 2010
bureaucratic politics in China
Foreign policy officials and commentators all too often treat other governments as monolithic: "London believes," "India feels." In fact, even non-democratic regimes face internal disagreements and pressures from stakeholders with different interests and perspectives. Now the Washington Post is telling us the same is true in China. Different ministries are jockeying for control over aspects of Chinese foreign policy -- just as in the United States the White House, Pentagon, State Department,and Treasury are often not on the same page.