The rise of China has transformed Sino-US relations in the 21st century. Although the United States remains atop the global power hierarchy, its relative leverage has become more restraint as China has steadily stepped up as a counterweight to US influence. The Sino-US relationship has, therefore, become increasingly strategic and complicated. In addition to the often sharp differences over many bilateral issues such as trade, human rights and Taiwan, a strategic distrust, i.e., suspicion of each other’s long-term intentions, has emerged to overshadow the relationship. While many Chinese are concerned that the US will try to keep China down, some Americans are anxious about the implications of China’s great power aspiration for US interests.
How has China’s rise resulted in the strategic distrust? Can the US and China function in a world of relatively greater power equality and interdependence? Can theyforge a partnership to expand cooperation in areas of common interests? Specifically, what is the US anxiety of the "China threat" and responses to the transformation of the US-China relationship in the 21st century? How do the Chinese perceive the new relationship with the US? What are the Chinese perspectives of opportunities and challenges working with the US in traditional and non-traditional security issue areas? Can China replace the US leadership in Asia? How has the shifting balance of power between the US and China led to new dynamics in their respective relations with Japan and Taiwan? These are the critically important questions that this book of contributions by leading scholars seeks to find answers.
This book is based on a collection of papers from the Journal of Contemporary China.
Part I: Overview: Forging US-China Partnership in the age of Strategic Distrust 1. Building New Vital Mutual interests for a Better Future: Joining the Wang Jisi and Kenneth Lieberthal’s "Addressing U.S.-China Strategic Distrust" 2. The United States and China in the Age of Obama: Looking Each Other Straight in the Eyes 3. Forging Sino-U.S. Partnership in the 21st Century: Opportunities and Challenges Part II: American Anxiety and Responses to China’s Rise 4. Shaping the Regional Context of China’s Rise: How the Obama Administration Brought back Hedge in its Engagement with China 5. The Olympic effect on American attitudes towards China: Beyond personality, ideology, and media exposure 6.Americans and the Rise of China as a World Power 7. The "China Threat" through the Lens of U.S. Print Media: 1992-2006 Part III: Chinese Perspectives of the New Relationship with the US 8. Sino-US Relations and Building a Harmonious World 9. Cooperation Opportunity or Confrontation Catalyst? The Implications of China’s naval development for China-US relations 10. The Role of Nontraditional Security in China-US Relations: Common Ground or Contradictory Arena? Part IV: Implications of Evolving US-China Relationship for the Asian-Pacific Region 11. Assessing China’s Rise and U.S. Leadership in Asia: Growing Maturity and Balance? 12. Locating transition: the prospect for a U.S.-China transition in Asia 13. The Shifting Triangle: Sino-Japanese-American Relations in Stressful Times 14. Rapprochement between Taiwan and the Chinese Mainland: Implications for American Foreign Policy