At the Dawn of the New China

At the Dawn of the New China : An American Diplomat's Eyewitness Account

5 (1 rating by Goodreads)
By (author)  , Foreword by 
5 (1 rating by Goodreads)

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Expected delivery to the United States in 10-15 business days.


Not ordering to the United States? Click here.

Description

The year 1979 marked turning points in both contemporary Chinese history and Sino-American relations. Deng Xiaoping initiated market reforms and an opening to the global economy which would transform China, with Guangzhou (Canton) at the forefront. Washington and Beijing's mutual diplomatic recognition triggered an across-the-board expansion of relations between the United States and China.

When Vice President Walter Mondale traveled to Canton for the formal opening of a new consulate there, career diplomat Richard Williams took office as the first U.S. consul general in mainland China in 30 years, tasked with projecting an American presence, cultivating local contacts, reporting on southern Chinese political and economic developments, promoting U.S. business interests, and issuing visas. Williams's Chinese wife, having left the country 30 years earlier as the Communist government assumed power, was emotionally reunited with brothers and sisters still recovering from Cultural Revolution travails. His son and daughter encountered problems and found adventure as the only foreign teen-agers in Canton.

Told with insight, humor, and pathos, At the Dawn of the New China is Ambassador Williams's account of the eventful two years he and his family and colleagues spent in Canton and on extensive travels elsewhere in China. He has expanded his detailed journal with declassified official cables, newspaper accounts, and other materials to provide a vivid and compelling human picture of a China on the brink of great change.
show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 206 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 13mm | 431g
  • English
  • 1910736767
  • 9781910736760

Rating details

1 rating
5 out of 5 stars
5 100% (1)
4 0% (0)
3 0% (0)
2 0% (0)
1 0% (0)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X