China Cross Talk: The American Debate over China Policy since Normalization / Edition 1

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The biggest untapped market in the world? The last great communist threat? The free-trade partner? The human rights scourge? China Cross Talk provides a front-row seat to the most memorable scenes in the American debate over China policy since 1978. Representing the full spectrum of opinion on this divisive issue, selections range from op-ed articles and commentaries to speeches by leading government officials; from congressional testimony to editorial cartoons. They touch upon the whole range of security, economic, and political issues that have affected the relationship, including the benefits and dangers of diplomatic recognition, managing Taiwan, most-favored-nation status, China's Olympic bids, proliferation, growing Chinese power, and the April 2001 plane collision incident over the South China Sea.

As firsthand intellectual history, this anthology allows participants in the debate to speak in their own voices. Spanning a quarter century, it offers readers the chance to see how the dispute has evolved and how even some individuals have changed their positions, sometimes radically. While the book focuses on China policy, the debate is emblematic of the broader conversation America has engaged in over the past century about its proper role in the world. As such, China Cross Talk should interest students of U.S.-China relations and American foreign policy, the policy community, and general readers.

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Editorial Reviews

Foreign Affairs
[R]emarkably successful in telling big stories through collections of documents….The documents capture both the passionate spirit of the debates and the widespread search for better understanding of the Chinese government and peoples.
— Lucian W. Pye
EASC Newsletter
A valuable endeavor for both teachers and students, one that will prove useful in current policy debates as well as in the classroom.
— Indiana University Faculty
Pacific Affairs
Not only does this book provide a firsthand intellectual history of the debate, but it also allows both sides of the debate to speak for themselves without any intervening interpretation by a second party. . . . This book will provoke, push, and prod you on every important issue, and perhaps change your perceptions in regards to the most appropriate American policies toward China. The selection of original documents . . . are all helpful in allowing the reader to understand past U.S. China policy, and the selection of articles addresses the pros and cons of specific China policies.
The Royal Society For Asian Affairs
China Crosstalk is a useful compilation, convenient for both specialists and students.
— Kenneth C. Walker
Asian Affairs
A useful compilation, convenient for both specialists and students.
Foreign Affairs - Lucian W. Pye
Remarkably successful in telling big stories through collections of documents. . . . The documents capture both the passionate spirit of the debates and the widespread search for better understanding of the Chinese government and peoples.
The Royal Society For Asian Affairs - Kenneth C. Walker
China Cross Talk is a useful compilation, convenient for both specialists and students.
Easc Newsletter
A valuable endeavor for both teachers and students, one that will prove useful in current policy debates as well as in the classroom.
Lee H. Hamilton
The U.S.-China relationship is today the most difficult bilateral relationship for the United States, and one of the most important bilateral relationships for the world. The raging debates encapsulated in the valuable book remind us that we have a great deal at stake in China, and that it is imperative that America get China policy right.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742517868
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/15/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 5.76 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Scott Kennedy is assistant professor, East Asian Languages and Cultures Department, and adjunct assistant professor, Political Science Department, at Indiana University.

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Table of Contents

Part I: Toward Full Normalization (1978–1983)
Chapter 1: Switching Ties: Recognizing Reality?
Chapter 2: Economic Normalization: Benefits and Dangers
Chapter 3: Playing the China Card?
Chapter 4: Managing Taiwan
Chapter 5: Human Rights Strategies
Part II: The Golden Years (1984–1988)
Chapter 6: A Growing Relationship
Chapter 7: The Benefits and Dangers of Nuclear Cooperation
Part III: In the Wake of Tiananmen (1989–1992)
Chapter 8: The Initial Response to June 4th
Chapter 9: The Missions
Chapter 10: MFN: Creating Linkage
Part IV: Trying a New China Strategy (1993–1995)
Chapter 11: MFN: To De-Link or Not De-Link?
Chapter 12: China's Bid for the 2000 Olympics
Chapter 13: Dealing with a Stronger China
Part V: Mounting Worries Over China (1996–2000)
Chapter 14: Competing (and Cooperating) Strategies
Chapter 15: Assessing China's Military
Chapter 16: Taiwan: Between Reassurance and Deterrence
Chapter 17: Weapons In, Weapons Out
Chapter 18: Permanent MFN: Trade and Human Rights
Chapter 19: China Hands or China's Hands?
Part VI: China: A Strategic Competitor? (2001)
Chapter 20: Redefining the Relationship, Again
Chapter 21: The Plane Collision
Chapter 22: China's Bid for the 2008 Olympics
Part VII: Chinese Reactions to the American Debate
Chapter 23: Debating China Policy in the United States: A Chinese Perspective
Chapter 24: The American Debate Over China Policy: A Chinese View

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