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U. S. - Chinese Relations : Perilous Past, Pragmatic Present



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This comprehensive and lucid assessment of the historical and contemporary determinants of Sino-American relations explains the conflicted engagement between the two governments. Offering a welcome richness of discussion and analysis, distinguished analyst Robert G. Sutter explores the twists and turns of the relationship over the past two hundred years. The mixed historical record convincingly shows that strong differences and mutual suspicions persist, only partly overridden by a mutual pragmatism that shifts with circumstances. Sutter judiciously considers the evolution and status of current areas of convergence and divergence in the relationship. He identifies key domestic and international factors that have led to the current positive but fragile equilibrium and what is at stake for the respective interests of the United State and China and for international stability. As the only book on the subject that combines a unified assessment of the historical evolution, contemporary status, and likely prospects of U.S.-Chinese relations, this balanced and pragmatic study will be an essential resource for all concerned with the globe's most crucial bilateral partnership.

Author Biography

Robert G. Sutter is visiting professor of Asian studies in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

Table of Contents

Introduction and Overviewp. 1
Patterns of American-Chinese Relations Prior to World War IIp. 15
Relations during World War II, Civil War, Cold Warp. 39
Rapprochement and Normalizationp. 65
Tiananmen, Taiwan, and Post-Cold War Realities, 1989-2000p. 95
U.S.-China Policy Priorities and Implications for Relations in the Twenty-First Centuryp. 123
An Emerging U.S.-China Equilibrium in the Twenty-First Centuryp. 147
Security Issues in Contemporary U.S.-China Relationsp. 169
Economic and Environmental Issues in Contemporary U.S.-China Relationsp. 191
Taiwan Issues in Contemporary U.S.-China Relationsp. 219
Issues of Human Rights in Contemporary U.S.-China Relationsp. 243
Outlook: Continued Positive Equilibrium amid Differences and Suspicionsp. 267
Notesp. 279
Selected Bibliographyp. 317
Indexp. 323
About the Authorp. 333
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