Constructing the U.S. Rapprochement with China, 1961-1974: From 'Red Menace' to 'Tacit Ally'

Constructing the U.S. Rapprochement with China, 1961-1974: From 'Red Menace' to 'Tacit Ally'

by Evelyn Goh
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521108624

ISBN-13: 9780521108621

Pub. Date: 04/09/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

With Nixon's historic reconciliation with China in 1972, Sino-American relations were restored, and China moved from being regarded as America's most implacable enemy to a friend and tacit ally. Existing accounts of the rapprochement focus on the shifting balance of power between the USA, China and the Soviet Union, but in this book Goh argues that they cannot

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With Nixon's historic reconciliation with China in 1972, Sino-American relations were restored, and China moved from being regarded as America's most implacable enemy to a friend and tacit ally. Existing accounts of the rapprochement focus on the shifting balance of power between the USA, China and the Soviet Union, but in this book Goh argues that they cannot adequately explain the timing and policy choices related to Washington's decisions for reconciliation with Beijing. Instead, she applies a more historically sensitive approach that privileges contending official American constructions of China's identity and character. This book demonstrates that ideas of reconciliation with China were already being propagated and debated within official circles in the USA during the 1960s. It traces the related policy discourse and imagery, and examines their continuities and evolution into the early 1970s that facilitated Nixon's new policy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521108621
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/09/2009
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
316
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

Part I. Competing Discourses, 1961-8: 1. 'Red menance' to 'revolutionary rival': re-casting the Chinese communist threat; 2. 'Troubled modernizer' but 'resurgent power': revisionist images of the PRC and arguments for a new China policy; 3. The revisionist legacy: the discourse of reconciliation with China by 1968; Part II. Discursive Transitions, 1969-71: 4. Nixon's public China policy discourse in context; 5. Debating the rapprochement: 'resurgent revolutionary power' vs. 'threatened realist power'; Part III. Discourses of Rapprochement in Practice, 1971-4: 6. 'Principled realist power': laying the discursive foundations of a new relationship, July 1971 to February 1972; 7. Principles in practice: policy implications of the decision for rapprochement; 8. 'Selling' the relationship: the Nixon Administration's justification of the New China policy; 9. 'Tacit ally' June 1972 to 1974: consolidating or saving the US-China rapprochement.

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