The mind of the dragon : taking a closer look at the consequences of Chinese domestic politics

Chinese Foreign Policy has been a popular topic for military and intelligence analysts across the globe. Much speculation and work go into determining how the Middle Kingdom will react to actions made by both NGO's and governments alike. To understand and be able to predict the actions China will take in the near future, is to be able to forecast South East Asia's future. To comprehend, is to be able to prepare for where China will push its influence next and how to plan accordingly. The history of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) should be looked at with greater interest than before; today's Chinese government is the culmination of leadership and examples put forth by Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping and other historical "strong men." The pages ahead will highlight historical cases, where China has reacted in telling ways to domestic and foreign caused instability. The goal being to paint a picture, as to how these cases could give light into why the CCP responds the way it does, to current affairs. This thesis will discuss the power struggles between present and past Chinese officials and how the outcomes have affected both foreign and domestic policy.

A capstone project submitted to the faculty of the California Maritime Academy in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies and Maritime Affairs.