On China

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 4/24/2012
  • Publisher: Penguin Books

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An eminent historian and strategist reflects on how China's past illuminates its 21st-century trajectory, drawing on 40 years of intimate acquaintance with the country and its leaders. 512 pp.

Author Biography

Henry Kissinger served as National Security Advisor and then Secretary of State under Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. He received the 1973 Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Medal of Liberty, among other awards.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xv
Note on Chinese Spellingsp. xix
Prologuep. 1
The Singularity of Chinap. 5
The Era of Chinese Preeminencep. 8
Confucianismp. 13
Concepts of International Relations: Impartiality or Equality?p. 16
Chinese Realpolitik and Sun Tzu's Art of Warp. 22
The Kowtow Question and the Opium Warp. 33
The Macartney Missionp. 35
The Clash of Two World Orders: The Opium Warp. 45
Qiying's Diplomacy: Soothing the Barbariansp. 51
From Preeminence to Declinep. 57
Wei Yuan's Blueprint: "Using Barbarians Against Barbarians," Learning Their Techniquesp. 60
The Erosion of Authority: Domestic Upheavals and the Challenge of Foreign Encroachmentsp. 64
Managing Declinep. 69
The Challenge of Japanp. 77
Koreap. 80
The Boxer Uprising and the New Era of Warring Statesp. 86
Mao's Continuous Revolutionp. 91
Mao and the Great Harmonyp. 92
Mao and International Relations: The Empty City Stratagem, Chinese Deterrence, and the Quest for Psychological Advantagep. 97
The Continuous Revolution and the Chinese Peoplep. 106
Triangular Diplomacy and the Korean Warp. 113
Acheson and the Lure of Chinese Titoismp. 118
Kim Il-sung and the Outbreak of Warp. 122
American Intervention: Resisting Aggressionp. 129
Chinese Reactions: Another Approach to Deterrencep. 133
Sino-American Confrontationp. 143
China Confronts Both Superpowersp. 148
The First Taiwan Strait Crisisp. 151
Diplomatic Interlude with the United Statesp. 158
Mao, Khrushchev, and the Sino-Soviet Splitp. 161
The Second Taiwan Strait Crisisp. 172
A Decade of Crisesp. 181
The Great Leap Forwardp. 181
The Himalayan Border Dispute and the 1962 Sino-Indian Warp. 184
The Cultural Revolutionp. 192
Was There a Lost Opportunity?p. 197
The Road to Reconciliationp. 202
The Chinese Strategyp. 203
The American Strategyp. 213
First Steps-Clashes at the Ussuri Riverp. 215
Resumption of Relations: First Encounters with Mao and Zhoup. 236
Zhou Enlaip. 241
Nixon in China: The Meeting with Maop. 255
The Nixon-Zhou Dialoguep. 262
The Shanghai Communiquép. 267
The Aftermathp. 273
The Quasi-Alliance: Conversations with Maop. 275
The "Horizontal Line": Chinese Approaches to Containmentp. 277
The Impact of Watergatep. 292
The End of the Mao Erap. 294
The Succession Crisisp. 294
The Fall of Zhou Enlaip. 297
Final Meetings with Mao: The Swallows and the Coming of the Stormp. 303
The Indestructible Dengp. 321
Deng's First Return to Powerp. 322
The Death of Leaders-Hua Guofengp. 327
Deng's Ascendance-"Reform and Opening Up"p. 329
"Touching the Tiger's Buttocks": The Third Vietnam Warp. 340
Vietnam: Confounder of Great Powersp. 341
Deng's Foreign Policy-Dialogue with America and Normalizationp. 348
Deng's Journeysp. 356
Deng's Visit to America and the New Definition of Alliancep. 360
The Third Vietnam Warp. 367
Reagan and the Advent of Normalcyp. 377
Taiwan Arms Sales and the Third Communiquép. 381
China and the Superpowers-The New Equilibriump. 387
Deng's Reform Programp. 396
Tiananmenp. 405
American Dilemmasp. 411
The Fang Lizhi Controversyp. 428
The 12- and 24-Character Statementsp. 437
What Kind of Reform? Deng's Southern Tourp. 440
A Roller Coaster Ride Toward Another Reconciliation: The Jiang Zemin Erap. 447
China and the Disintegrating Soviet Unionp. 456
The Clinton Administration and China Policyp. 461
The Third Taiwan Strait Crisisp. 471
China's Resurgence and Jiang's Reflectionsp. 478
The New Millenniump. 487
Differences in Perspectivep. 493
How to Define Strategic Opportunityp. 497
The National Destiny Debate-The Triumphalist Viewp. 503
Dai Bingguo-A Reaffirmation of Peaceful Risep. 508
Epilogue: Does History Repeat Itself? The Crowe Memorandump. 514
Toward a Pacific Community?p. 527
Afterword to the paperback editionp. 531
Notesp. 549
Indexp. 585
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