In the post-Mao periodChina has been undergoing a remarkable process of reform and development. One result has been a significant change in the way policy is made. The field of foreign affairs provides an example of changes that have been taking place more broadly in the structure of Chinese policy-making. Although it is impossible to make generalizations about the entire policy process, because the situation varies from field to field, nevertheless, recent trends affecting foreign affairs do throw light on how these changes are influencing the ways in which Chinese policies are adopted and implemented in a variety of fields.