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    DescriptionIn this sweeping and insightful history, Henry Kissinger turns for the first time at book-length to a country he has known intimately for decades, and whose modern relations with the West he helped shape. Drawing on historical records as well as his conversations with Chinese leaders over the past forty years, Kissinger examines how China has approached diplomacy, strategy, and negotiation throughout its history, and reflects on the consequences for the global balance of power in the 21st century. Since no other country can claim a more powerful link to its ancient past and classical principles, any attempt to understand China's future world role must begin with an appreciation of its long history. For centuries, China rarely encountered other societies of comparable size and sophistication; it was the "Middle Kingdom," treating the peoples on its periphery as vassal states. At the same time, Chinese statesmen-facing threats of invasion from without, and the contests of competing factions within-developed a canon of strategic thought that prized the virtues of subtlety, patience, and indirection over feats of martial prowess. In "On China," Kissinger examines key episodes in Chinese foreign policy from the classical era to the present day, with a particular emphasis on the decades since the rise of Mao Zedong. He illuminates the inner workings of Chinese diplomacy during such pivotal events as the initial encounters between China and modern European powers, the formation and breakdown of the Sino-Soviet alliance, the Korean War, Richard Nixon's historic trip to Beijing, and three crises in the Taiwan Straits. Drawing on his extensive personal experience with four generation of Chinese leaders, he brings to life towering figures such as Mao, Zhou Enlai, and Deng Xiaoping, revealing how their different visions have shaped China's modern destiny. With his singular vantage on U.S.-China relations, Kissinger traces the evolution of this fraught but crucial relationship over the past 60 years, following its dramatic course from estrangement to strategic partnership to economic interdependence, and toward an uncertain future. With a final chapter on the emerging superpower's 21st-century world role, "On China" provides an intimate historical perspective on Chinese foreign affairs from one of the premier statesmen of the 20th century.


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    Title
    On China
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Henry Kissinger
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 586
    Width: 175 mm
    Height: 279 mm
    Thickness: 66 mm
    Weight: 907 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781594202711
    ISBN 10: 1594202710
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17430
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FPC
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HBJF
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 43
    BIC subject category V2: JPS
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS008000
    Ingram Theme: CULT/CHINES
    B&T General Subject: 650
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 68
    DC21: 327.51
    B&T Approval Code: A14560000
    BISAC V2.8: POL011000
    B&T Approval Code: A15406034
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: POL011010
    DC22: 327.51
    LC subject heading: , , , ,
    LC classification: DS775.8 .K47 2011
    BISAC region code: 2.5.1.0.0.0.0
    Edition
    1
    Publisher
    Penguin Press
    Imprint name
    Penguin Press
    Publication date
    17 May 2011
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Author Information
    HENRY KISSINGER served as National Security Advisor and then Secretary of State under Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford and has advised many other American presidents on foreign policy. He received the 1973 Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Medal of Liberty, among other awards. He is the author of numerous books on foreign policy and diplomacy and is currently the chairman of Kissinger Associates, Inc., an international consulting firm.
    Review quote
    "Nobody living can claim greater credit than Mr. Kissinger for America's 1971 opening to Beijing, after more than two decades of estrangement, and for China's subsequent opening to the world. So it's fitting that Mr. Kissinger has now written "On China," a fluent, fascinating...book that is part history, part memoir and above all an examination of the premises, methods and aims of Chinese foreign policy." -"The Wall Street Journal" "Fascinating, shrewd... [The book's] portrait of China is informed by Mr. Kissinger's intimate firsthand knowledge of several generations of Chinese leaders. The book deftly traces the rhythms and patterns in Chinese history...even as it explicates the philosophical differences that separate it from the United States." -Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times" "Henry Kissinger was not only the first official American emissary to Communist China, he persisted in his brokerage with more than 50 trips over four decades, spanning the ca