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CHINESE DECISION-MAKING IN RESPONSE TO
FOREIGN POLICY CRISES, 1949-1996:
A POLIHEURISTIC ANALYSIS
A Dissertation presented to the Faculty of the Graduate School University of Missouri – Columbia In Partial fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Doctor of Philosophy by
ENYU ZHANG Dr. Patrick James and Dr. A. Cooper Drury, Dissertation Co-Supervisors AUGUST 2006

The undersigned, appointed by the Dean of the Graduate School, have examined the dissertation entitled CHINESE DECISION-MAKING IN RESPONSE TO FOREIGN POLICY CRISES, 1949-1996: A POLIHEURISTIC ANALYSIS presented by Enyu Zhang a candidate for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy and hereby certify that in their opinion it is worthy of acceptance. Professor A. Cooper Drury Professor Patrick James Professor Xinghe Wang Professor Jonathan T. Krieckhaus Professor L. Marvin Overby

To Mom and Dad For their Endless Love and Inspiration
谨以此博士论文献给我最挚爱的父母
衷心感谢他们对我无尽的爱与启迪


ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
During the remarkable journey in the past four years at the University of Missouri, Columbia, I am so indebted to my dissertation committee members and other faculty members in the department who have enlightened me and offered their generous advice and help. I greatly appreciate their collective support. In particular, I am deeply grateful for Dr. Patrick James and Dr. A. Cooper Drury, my dissertation co-advisors, for their invaluable advice on my dissertation and their intellectual stimulation and encouragement throughout my doctoral studies. I thank Dr. Xinghe Wang for his important suggestions about the dissertation and academic life in general. I thank Dr. Jonathan T. Krieckhaus for his meticulous comments that helped improve the presentation and contents of the dissertation. I thank Dr. Marvin L. Overby’s encouragement and advice during this process. I am extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Dr. Patrick James, as his student, coauthor and friend. It is rare that one finds an advisor who is always patient to discuss about the most trivial problems to the most difficult roadblocks in the course of research. I appreciate his patience and tolerance. Dr. James has taught me innumerable lessons and insights on the workings of academic research in general, and his advice was essential to the completion of this dissertation. Without his intellectual enlightenment, I would not have pursued the doctoral degree up to this stage. Without his mentorship during my master’s and doctoral training and professional development, Iii div
would not have chosen my professional career in the academia. Without his encouragement and support, I could not have completed this dissertation. I always admire his creativity, academic passion and care for students. I also want to express my gratitude to other distinguished scholars, who have commented on this dissertation at various stages Alex Mintz at Texas AM University, Steven B. Redd at University of Wiscosin, Milwaukee, Marijke Breuning at Truman State University, Douglas A. Van Belle at Victoria University of Wellington, Mark
Schafer at Louisiana State University, and B. Gregory Marfleet at Carleton College. I also thank Stephen G. Walker at Arizona State University, John T. Ishiyama at Truman State University, Carolyn C. James at University of Southern California, and Dennis V. Hickey at Missouri State University for their important advice on professional development. Finally, I acknowledge and thank Kevin G. Cai, Xiaoting Li, Yitan Li,
Shali Luo, Ting Yan and Xi Zhou for their generous help with this project. Last, but not least, I thank my parents who have given me their endless love and dedication, unconditional care and support, and profound inspiration. They have taught me many important things about life, in particular, to be a person of integrity and perseverance. No word can truly convey my deepest gratitude and love for them. Also, I am always grateful for my husband Yitan for his love and understanding. Without his encouragement and full support, I would not have been able to complete this dissertation. To them, I dedicate this dissertation. iii



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