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US-China Relations in the Twenty-First Century

A Question of Trust, 1st Edition

By Michael Tai


206 pages | 5 B/W Illus.

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The relationship between the United States and China will be of critical importance to the world throughout the twenty-first century. In the West China’s rise is often portrayed as a threat and China seen in negative terms. This book explores the dynamics of this crucial relationship. It looks in particular at what causes an international relationship to be perceived negatively, and considers what can be done to reverse this, arguing that trust is a key factor. It goes on to discuss US and Chinese rhetoric and behaviour in three key areas – climate change, finance, and international security. The book contends that, contrary to much US rhetoric, China’s actions in these areas is often much more flexible and accommodating than the US position, and that the Chinese are much more knowledgeable about, and understanding and appreciative of, the United States than vice versa.


"In this gripping, entertaining and deeply thought-provoking study, Michael

Tai analyses the basis of trust–or lack of it–between the Chinese and

American leaderships. He asks whether these two great nations can bridge the

chasm between their vastly different historical experiences and ideological

legacies and build the kind of relationship that might lead us towards a cleaner

planet, a more stable and fairer financial system and ultimately take us

down the road to peace rather than set us on a path to war. It is impossible to

exaggerate the importance of this book, for the fate of the world rests largely

in their hands."

Tim Clissold, author of Mr China and China Rules

"World peace depends on sensible power sharing based on trust between the

two remaining superpowers. Michael Tai’s scholarly and deeply insightful

book underlines the need to temper the distrustful impulses of each nation’s

power elites driven by historical prejudices and lack of empathy. An important

contribution to the understanding of China–US relations."

Professor Hong Hai, former Dean, College of Business,

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

"This is a masterful and probing study, of how trust in business global

relations is precariously pivoted on personal probity and relationships.

It should appeal to leaders and students in many disciplines."

Professor James M. Houston, Regent College, Vancouver, Canada

Table of Contents

Preface 1. Introduction 2. Generic Trust 3. Climate Change 4. Financial Crisis 5. International Security 6. Conclusion

About the Author

Michael Tai, who has had an extensive career in business and management in Asia, completed his doctorate at the University of Cambridge, UK

About the Series

Routledge Studies on the Chinese Economy

The primary aim of this series is to publish original, high quality, research-level work, by both new and established scholars in the West and East, on all aspects of the Chinese economy, including studies of business and economic history. Works of synthesis, reference books and edited collections will also be considered. Submissions from prospective authors are welcomed.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies