Tangled Titans: The United States and China

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 8/9/2012
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc
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Tangled Titans offers a current and comprehensive assessment of the most important relationship in international affairs-that between the United States and China. How the relationship evolves will have a defining impact on the future of world politics, the Asian region, and the citizens of many nations. In this definitive book, leading experts provide an in-depth exploration of the historical, domestic, bilateral, regional, global, and future contexts of this complex relationship. The contributors argue that the relationship is a unique combination of deep interdependence, limited cooperation, and increasing competition. Never in modern history have two great powers been so deeply intertwined-yet so suspicious and potentially antagonistic toward each other. Exploring this cooperative and competitive dynamic, the contributors offer a wealth of detail on contemporary Sino-American relations unavailable elsewhere. Students will find Tangled Titans essential reading to understand the current dynamics and future direction of relations between the world's two most important powers.

Author Biography

David Shambaugh is professor of political science and international affairs and director of the China Policy Program at The George Washington University. He is also nonresident, senior fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program at The Brookings Institution.

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations and Acronymsp. ix
Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Tangled Titans: Conceptualizing the U.S.-China Relationshipp. 3
The Historical Context
The Evolution of U.S.-China Relationsp. 29
The Theoretical Context
The Rise of China, the United States, and the Future of the Liberal International Orderp. 53
U.S.-China Relations in a Realist Worldp. 75
The Domestic Context
Domestic American Influences on U.S.-China Relationsp. 103
Domestic Chinese Influences on U.S.-China Relationsp. 125
The Bilateral Context
The Diplomatic Relationship: Substance and Processp. 151
The Commercial and Economic Relationshipp. 181
The Cultural Relationshipp. 211
The Military-Security Relationshipp. 235
The Regional Context
U.S.-China Interactions in Asiap. 263
Taiwan in U.S.-China Relationsp. 293
The Global Context
U.S.-China Interactions in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and Latin Americap. 315
U.S.-China Interactions in Global Governance and International Organizationsp. 347
Visions for the Future
Chinese Visions of the Future of U.S.-China Relationsp. 371
American Visions of the Future of U.S.-China Relations: Competition, Cooperation, and Conflictp. 389
Indexp. 411
About the Editor and Contributorsp. 429
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