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Thirty Years of China U.S. Relations : Analytical Approaches and Contemporary Issues

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The year 2009 marks the 30th anniversary of normalization of Sino-U.S. relations. Over the past 30 years, the bilateral relations have developed by twists and turns. It is not until recent years that some stability and forward-looking exchanges have returned to the central stage, albeit tension, grievances, and mistrust continue to persist. Washington has encouraged China to become a "responsible stakeholder" in the world affairs, while China has urged the U.S. to work with China to build a "harmonious world." Both sides want to work together to solve their differences through dialogs and negotiations. In the wake of the worldwide financial crisis of 2008-2009, China has contributed greatly in financing the crumbling U.S. financial market and lent a helping hand in stabilizing the world economy. Nevertheless, the foundation of the relationship remains very fragile and the long-term prospect for a constructive cooperative relationship is still full of uncertainties. For many Americans, China's increasing global reach and growing political and economic influence constitute the greatest challenge to world dominance by the United States. As a result, some perceive China's rise as a threat to Americans' core national interests. The recent changes in the global geostrategic landscape and economic interdependence have suggested that some new ideas, factors, conditions, and elements are shaping the relations between the two countries. The task of Thirty Years of China-U.S. Relations: Analytical Approaches and Contemporary Issues is to explore these factors, issues, and challenges and their impact for the bilateral relations in the 21st century.show more

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  • Hardback | 344 pages
  • 157.48 x 228.6 x 30.48mm | 703.06g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739146963
  • 9780739146965

Review quote

Thirty Years of China-U.S. Relations is a thought-provoking collection that will prod even informed readers to rethink some of their most basic premises about Chinese foreign policy. -- Edward Friedman, University of Wisconsin This collection of essays by both well-established and younger scholars, mainly from China and elsewhere in east Asia, provides substantively rich and theoretically informed perspectives on the development of relations between China and the United States in the three decades since normalization; it is especially timely now when Sino-American relations and perhaps world history generally have reached a new turning point. -- Peter R. Moody, Jr., University of Notre Dameshow more

About Baogang Guo

Sujian Guo is a professor in the department of political science and director of the Center for U.S.-China Policy Studies at San Francisco State University. Baogang Guo is associate professor of political science at Dalton State College and president of the Association of Chinese Political Studiesshow more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: Thirty Years of China-U.S. Relations: Reappraisal and Reassessment Part 2 Part 1: Realist Analyses of China-U.S. Relations Chapter 3 Chapter 1: Manipulating the "Balance of Power": Historical Reappraisal of the Sino-U.S. Rapprochement Chapter 4 Chapter 2: Cooperation for Competition: China's Strategic Response to U.S. Supremacy in East Asia Chapter 5 Chapter 3: The Regional Logic of China-U.S. Rivalry Chapter 6 Chapter 4: The Korean Peninsula as a Test Bed for the Future Direction of Sino-U.S. Relations: From Structural Realism to Neoclassical Realism and Beyond Part 7 Part 2: Interdependence and China-U.S. Relations Chapter 8 Chapter 5: A Complex Interdependence: China-U.S. Relations Chapter 9 Chapter 6: A New Era for U.S.-China Relations Chapter 10 Chapter 7: Chinese Mainland-US-Taiwan Triangular Relations since 2000: A Perspective of Complex Interdependence Chapter 11 Chapter 8: The Role of American Business in Sino-American Normalization Part 12 Part 3: Ideas, Norms and Institutions in Chinese Foreign Policy Chapter 13 Chapter 9: From Pragmatism to Morality: the Changing Rhetoric of the Chinese Foreign Policy in the Transitional Period Chapter 14 Chapter 10: Explanations of China's Compliance with Inter- national Agreements: Configuring Three Approa- ches to Institutional Effects on State Behavior Chapter 15 Chapter 11: Searching for a New Cultural Identity: China's Soft Power and Media Culture Today Chapter 16 Chapter 12: Obama's China Policy Part 17 Part 4: Contemporary Issues in China-US Relations Chapter 18 Chapter 13: Managing the Cross-Taiwan Strait Military Conflicts in a New Era of Political Reconciliation 19 Chapter 14: The New Triangle of Power: China, the United States and the European Union 20 Chapter 15: The Change and Continuity in the U.S. China Policy after the Cold Warshow more