Political economy of China's peaceful rise: the return of the dragon?

Dikmen, Neslihan
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Citation Formats
N. Dikmen, “Political economy of China’s peaceful rise: the return of the dragon?,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2008.