US-China Cold War Collaboration : 1971-1989 book cover
1st Edition

US-China Cold War Collaboration

ISBN 9780415653107
Published July 11, 2012 by Routledge
296 Pages

SAVE $11.39
was $56.95
USD $45.56

Prices & shipping based on shipping country


Book Description

After more than four decades the Cold War ended with the sudden collapse of the Soviet Union. Almost simultaneously China emerged as the new potential disruptor of international stability, with Beijing replacing Moscow as the key source of Western insecurity.

Drawing upon extensive primary resources, Ali questions the logic behind this perception, reflected both in popular and academic literature. Disclosing hitherto unknown aspects of the Soviet Union’s disintegration, the text reveals a secret strategic alliance between the USA and China during the Cold War’s final decades. Presenting an in-depth analysis of the relationship between the two countries, the book identifies the bases on which the alliance emerged; the growing mutual concern of a ‘Soviet threat’.

Using documentation from the three capitals, Ali presents a compelling tale of intrigue and conspiracy at the highest level of the international security system. The text brings a new dimension to the current literature and deepens our understanding of a key aspect of the Cold War – its end.

Table of Contents

Preface  List of tables  Acknowledgements  List of abbreviations  1.Prologue  2. Gathering Momentum  3. A New Beginning  4. A Hyperactive Interregnum  5. Consolidation Amid Fluidity  6. Building China’s National Power  7. The Afghan War  8. The Soviet Denouement  9. Epilogue  Endnotes  Bibliography  Index

View More



S. Mahmud Ali works for the BBC World Service and is author of Cold War in the High Himalayas (RoutledgeCurzon, 2000).


'Your book could be called a masterpiece.' - Dr Michael Pillsbury, US National Defense University