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
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.
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.
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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

Diplomatic Relations between the United States and the People's Republic of China, Address to the Nation
Our Deal with Peking - All Cost, No Benefit
Chinese Realities
Agreement on Trade Relations between the United States and the People's Republic of China
The New Era in East Asia
Misreading China
Statement on Relations with China and Taiwan
United States-China Joint Communique on United States Arms Sales to Taiwan U.S. Policy toward China and Taiwan
Reconciling Human Rights and U.S. Security Interests in Asia
United States-China Relations
Toast at a Welcoming Banquet Hosted by Premier Zhao Ziyang of China in Beijing
The United States and China in the New Balance of Power
The China Connection
Proposed Nuclear Cooperation Agreement with the People's Republic of China
Carrying Friendship Too Far
The President's News Conference
Human Rights and Political Developments in China
Sanctions or Subdued Relations: The International Response to the 1989 Massacre
The Caricature of Deng as a Tyrant Is Unfair
Kissinger's Kowtow
Misguided Mission
United States Policy toward China
Most-Favored-Nation Status for the People's Republic of China
Extending Most-Favored-Nation Status for China
Statement on Most-Favored-Nation Trade Status for China
Chinese Checkers
How to Boost China's Free Market - and Punish the State
The President's News Conference
MFN for Red China: A Tragic Mistake
Don't Give Olympics to China
Beijing Deserves the 2000 Olympics
A Strong China: Is the United States Ready?
The Growth and Role of the Chinese Military
Why We Must Contain China
Remarks to the Asia Society and the United States-China Education Foundation Board
The Clinton-Jiang Summits: An American Perspective
Dealing with a Resurgent China
Speak Plainly to the Paper Tiger
Challenges Facing the Next U.S. Ambassador to the People's Republic of China
The China Threat
China's Hollow Military
China's Military: A Second Opinion
U.S.-Taiwan Relations
The Administration's Position on Taiwan
Why Taiwan's Security Needs to Be Enhanced
The Taiwan Security Reduction Act
Chinese Takeout
The Cox Report and the Threat from China
United States Policy Regarding the Export of Satellites to China
Don't Push China on Proliferation
Giving the People's Republic of China Permanent MFN: Implications for U.S. Policy
Permanent Normal Trade Relations for China
Complete and Utter Nonsense
Statement against Granting China Permanent Most-Favored-Nation Status
Why Our China Policy?
A Distinctly American Internationalism
Remarks at Business Event
Looking to a Non-Ally in China
The Mixed Messages of the Bush-Jiang Meeting
U.S. Letter to Chinese Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan
Chinese Twins
U.S. Is Sorry - For Giving China MFN
Do Not Award China the 2008 Olympics
Yes, Award Olympic Games to a Changing China
Debating China Policy in the United States: A Chinese Perspective
The American Debate over China Policy: A Chinese View
Further Reading
About the Contributors
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