"The author has culled an extraordinarily large number of memoirs of Chinese diplomats that have not been used much, if at all, in English-language scholarship to date. She provides fascinating insights into the workings of the Chinese foreign service and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs."
-David Bachman, University of Washington
"A useful and informative study of a little known subject, which is a valuable addition to modern studies of diplomacy."
"A significant addition to the literature on Chinese foreign policy. It will also be of value to scholars studying the impact of political movements and economic reforms on the Chinese bureaucracy and those interested in comparative studies of diplomacy."
-Political Science Quarterly
"This thoughtfully structured and soundly based volume offers an insider's insightful probe into four generations of Chinese ambassadors and their evolution from military cadres to career professionals. Liu suggests that the development has helped to mold a more pragmatic and more cosmopolitan political culture for the ruling elite, instilled an open attitude toward international cooperation, and 'transformed China from an outsider to an insider in the international system.'."