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1st Edition

China-US Relations Transformed
Perspectives and Strategic Interactions

Edited By

Suisheng Zhao

ISBN 9780415495806
Published February 2, 2009 by Routledge
250 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

China’s emergence in the 21st century to the status of great power has significant implications for its relationship with the United States, the sole superpower in the post-Cold War World. Now that China is rising as an economic, political, and military power and has expanded its diplomatic activism beyond Asia into Europe, Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East, its rise has profoundly transformed its relationship with the US and compelled leaders in both countries to redefine their positions toward each other. This book, written by leading scholars and policy analysts from both the US and China, explores the transformation and multifaceted nature of US-China relations, including how the political elite in both countries have defined their strategic objectives in response to China’s rise and managed their relations accordingly. It provides an up-to-date analysis on the policy adjustments of the last decade, and covers all the important issue areas such as security, nuclear deterrence, military modernization, energy, trade and economic interaction, and Asia-Pacific power reconfiguration. It does not seek to confirm either an alarmist or optimistic position but presents different views and assessments by foreign policy specialists with the hope that leaders in Washington and Beijing may make positive adjustments in their policies to avoid confrontation and war. It will also be an invaluable resource for students and scholars of US and Chinese politics, international relations and comparative politics.

Table of Contents

I. Introduction  1. Implications of China’s Rise for US-China Relations  Suisheng Zhao  2. China Rising: Geo-Strategic Thrust and Diplomatic Engagement  Suisheng Zhao  II. Perspectives of Chinese Scholars   3. Learning to live with the Hegemon: China’s Policy toward the U.S. Since the End of the Cold War  Jia Qingguo  4. Complexity and Transformational Structure of China-US Relations  Chen Dongxiao  5. Comparing Security Concepts of China and the United States  Xu Jian  6. Nuclear Deterrence and Sino-U.S. Strategic Relationship  Zhang Baohui  7. China-US Economic Relations and the Trade Imbalance Issue  Li Wei  III. Perspectives of US-based Scholars  8. Managing a Multifaceted Relationship with China  Phillip Saunders  9. The Domestic Political Game Behind the Engagement Strategy  Jean Garrison  10. Chinese Military Modernization and Energy Security: Conflict or Cooperation?  Bernard Cole  11. The Rise of China and Sino-American Energy Cooperation  June Teufel Dreyer  12. China’s Economic Rise: Implications for the United States  Pieter Bottelier  13. China, the US and Japan: Reconfiguring Relations in Southeast Asia  Elizabeth Economy

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Suisheng Zhao is Executive Director of the Center for China-US Cooperation and a Professor at the Graduate School of International Studies, University of Denver, USA. A founding editor of the Journal of Contemporary China, he is the author and editor of eight books, including Debating Political Reform in China: Rule of Law versus Democratization, and A Nation-State by Construction: Dynamics of Modern Chinese Nationalism