This course explores China’s relations with some major players in East Asia such Japan, South Korea, Russia and ASEAN countries. Historically China’s relations with these countries were far from being peaceful and cooperative. In recent decades, China has invented a new strategy of "peripheral diplomacy" which has significantly improved its relations with East Asian neighbors. However some outstanding problems and difficulties remain in China-East-Asian relations including territorial disputes, historical and cultural discord, and ideological and geopolitical conflicts. The course will analyze China’s major bilateral relations as well as its diplomacy with multilateral institutions and organizations in the region.