Harmony, Unity and Diversity in China’s world

William A. Callahan
Publication date: 
June 2012

As the international influence of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) grows, people both inside and outside China increasingly want to know Beijing’s views on global issues. This Focus section of The Newsletter examines China’s relations with Africa, and I would like to address this topic by putting it in the wider cultural and theoretical context of the competing discourses of unity and diversity in elite Chinese discussions of the PRC’s role in the world.