1st Edition

US–China Foreign Relations Power Transition and its Implications for Europe and Asia

Edited By Robert S. Ross, Øystein Tunsjø, Dong Wang Copyright 2021
    242 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    242 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book examines the power transition between the US and China, and the implications for Europe and Asia in a new era of uncertainty.

    The volume addresses the impact that the rise of China has on the United States, Europe, transatlantic relations, and East Asia. China is seeking to use its enhanced power position to promote new ambitions; the United States is adjusting to a new superpower rivalry; and the power shift from the West to the East is resulting in a more peripheral role for Europe in world affairs. Featuring essays by prominent Chinese and international experts, the book examines the US–China rivalry, the changing international system, grand strategies and geopolitics, foreign policy, geo-economics and institutions, and military and technological developments. The chapters examine how strategic, security, and military considerations in this triangular relationship are gradually undermining trade and economics, reversing the era of globalization, and contributing to the breakdown of the US-led liberal order and institutions that will be difficult to rebuild. The volume also examines whether the adversarial antagonism in US–China relations, the tension in transatlantic ties, and the increasing rivalry in Europe–China relations are primarily resulting from leaders’ ambitions or structural power shifts.

    This book will be of much interest to students of Asian security, US foreign policy, European politics, and International Relations in general.

    1. The new US–China superpower rivalry: Challenges for Asia and Europe

    Øystein Tunsjø and Wang Dong

    Part I: Structure, order, and US–China relations

    2. The Present as Prologue: The Gloomy Outlook for US–China Relations

    Avery Goldstein

    3. The Liberal International Order: A Chinese Perspective

    Wang Dong

    4. China and the United States in a new bipolar system

    Øystein Tunsjø

    5. The changing East Asian balance of power and the regional security order

    Robert S. Ross

    Part II: Implications for Europe

    6. US–China relations in the era of Xi and Trump: Implications for Europe

    Rosemary Foot

    7. Erosion of the American Peace: Europe’s Strategic Dilemma in a World of Great Power Conflict

    Gerlinde Groitl

    8. China’s BRI: Implications for Europe

    Philippe Le Corre

    Part III: The US, China, and Europe: Towards new strategies?

    9. Europe and Asia (and China) in US grand strategy

    Joshua Shifrinson

    10. China–US Rivalry in the Recent Past, Present, and Future: Implications for China’s Grand Strategy in A New Era

    Shi Yinhong

    11. Europe’s role in Asia: European strategies for an Asia-centered world and US–China rivalry

    May-Britt U. Stumbaum

    12. Sino–Russian relations in an era of Sino–US rivalry: From Partnership to Alliance?

    Jo Inge Bekkevold

    Part IV: Crisis management and mitigating conflict

    13. Regional Security flashpoints: New developments in China’s crisis management

    Zhang Tuosheng

    14. US–China Maritime Security flashpoints in a New Era

    Isaac Kardon

    15. An uncertain future: Conventional arms competition in Asia and their effect on Europe

    Ian Bowers

    16. Conclusion: The United States, China, and Europe in an Age of Uncertainty

    Robert S. Ross


    Robert S. Ross is Professor of Political Science at Boston College, and Associate and Executive Committee member at John King Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge USA.

    Øystein Tunsjø is Professor and Head of Asia Program at the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies at the Norwegian Defence University College, Oslo.

    Wang Dong is Associate Professor in the School of International Studies; Executive Director of the Institute for Global Cooperation and Understanding; and Deputy Director of Office for Humanities and Social Sciences, Peking University, China.

    "Distinguished authors from the United States, China, and Europe address the implications of China's growing power not only for great power politics in East Asia but also for European security and economic affairs. The volume is especially important for its analyses of China’s growing economic presence in Europe, for the effects of America’s response to China's challenge to America's Asian interests on the U.S. contribution to NATO and to European security, and for European interests regarding Russia's actions in the Middle East."Robert J. Art, Brandeis University, USA

    "Tapping deep wisdom of veteran specialists from the United States, China and Europe and brilliance of newly minted experts from Europe and the United States, this volume explains well how acute USChina rivalry and weakened European unity foreshadow waning globalization and decline of the liberal international order and institutions that will be difficult to rebuild."—Robert Sutter, George Washington University, USA

    "Emerging from the activities of the sharp and careful editing pen of the three musketeers Wang, Øystein and Ross the chapters are eloquently producing a novel and original take on World Politics of the last decade seen from an American, European, and Chinese perspective, all positioned in a coherent global perspective. A rich and brisk analytical wind is blowing through the pages. A must read for students of how a new world of uncertainty, of new balances and a rising Asia is occurring."Bertel Heurlin, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

    "While China and the United States appear to be two rivaling poles in the world, which pole the pendulum of Europe swings toward will decide, in a large measure, the contour of global economic and political order. This volume provides multilayered analyses of the China-U.S.-Europe interaction and is a must read in this field."Wang Jisi, Peking University, China