US-China Relations: Perilous Past, Uncertain Present

US-China Relations: Perilous Past, Uncertain Present

by Robert G. Sutter

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This comprehensive assessment of historical and contemporary determinants of Sino-American relations has been brought up to date with full treatment of rising tensions over salient differences since the ascendance of China’s dynamic leader Xi Jinping (2012– ). Incoming President Barack Obama (2009–2017) was pressured by China; he responded with his signature rebalance policy of greater US engagement throughout China’s periphery. Reacting negatively, Xi Jinping used coercive means and other initiatives to advance at the expense of the United States. Widespread American disappointment prompted calls for tougher actions, and now President Donald Trump’s absence of a coherent strategy has added to uncertainty looking forward.
Tracing the broad history of the usually conflicted Sino-American engagement, distinguished analyst Robert G. Sutter convincingly shows that strong differences and mutual suspicions persist, only partly overridden by mutual pragmatism that shifts with circumstances. Sutter judiciously considers key domestic and international factors determining the evolution and status of the relationship.
As the only book on the subject that combines a unified assessment of the historical evolution, contemporary status, and likely prospects of US-Chinese relations, this balanced and pragmatic study will be an essential resource for all concerned with the globe's most crucial bilateral partnership.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538105351
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 12/08/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Robert G. Sutterwas an analyst of Asian and Pacific affairs and American foreign policy for the US government for thirty years. He is now Professor of Practice of International Affairs, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University.
Robert G. Sutter is professor of practice in international affairs at the Elliott School of George Washington University.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Patterns of US-China Relations Prior to World War II
Chapter 3: Relations during World War II, Civil War, Cold War
Chapter 4: Rapprochement and Normalization
Chapter 5: Tiananmen, Taiwan, and Post–Cold War Realities, 1989–2000
Chapter 6: Pragmatism amid Differences during the George W. Bush Administration
Chapter 7: Barack Obama, Donald Trump, and Xi Jinping: Pragmatism Falters amid Acrimony and Tensions
Chapter 8: Security Issues in Contemporary US-China Relations
Chapter 9: Economic and Environmental Issues in Contemporary US-China Relations
Chapter 10: Taiwan and East Asian Maritime Disputes in Contemporary US-China Relations
Chapter 11: Issues of Human Rights in Contemporary US-China Relations
Chapter 12: Outlook
Selected Bibliography

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