The Golden Age of the U. S.-China-Japan Triangle, 1972-1989

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A collaborative effort by scholars from the United States, China, and Japan, this volume focuses on the period 1972-1989, during which all three countries, brought together by a shared geopolitical strategy, established mutual relations with one another despite differences in their histories, values, and perceptions of their own national interest. Although each initially conceived of its political and security relations with the others in bilateral terms, the three in fact came to form an economic and political triangle during the 1970s and 1980s. But this triangle is a strange one whose dynamics are constantly changing. Its corners (the three countries) and its sides (the three bilateral relationships) are unequal, while its overall nature (the capacity of the three to work together) has varied considerably as the economic and strategic positions of the three have changed and post—Cold War tensions and uncertainties have emerged.

In considering this special era, when the three major powers in the East Asia region engaged in positive interaction, the essays in this volume highlight the importance of this triangular reality in achieving a workable framework for future regional and global cooperation.

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Editorial Reviews

Foreign Affairs
This conference symposium is far superior to most such works because the editors took seriously their responsibilities; consequently, the contributors have produced well-researched and carefully thought through chapters. In Part I, three authors examine how domestic politics influenced their country's relations with the other two. In the subsequent parts, each of the pairs of relations are treated by authors from the two countries. The period is held up as a "golden age" that began with Richard Nixon's visit to China and ended with the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre and the collapse of the Soviet Union. Although no subsequent unifying force has arisen comparable to the Soviet threat, the authors generally seek to find lessons that might still apply to make for better relations among the three powers. In spite of such efforts, the work is better read for its excellent chapters of political and diplomatic history.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674009608
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2002
  • Series: Harvard East Asian Monographs Series, #216
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 286
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Ezra Vogel is Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences Emeritus at Harvard and former Director of Harvard’s Fairbank Center for East Asian Research and the Asia Center.

Yuan Ming is Professor of International Relations at Peking University.

Tanaka Akihiko is Professor, Institute of Oriental Culture, University of Tokyo.

Gerald L. Curtis is Professor and former Director of the East Asian Institute, Columbia University.

Nakanishi Hiroshi is a Professor at Kyoto University.

Jia Quingguo is Professor and Dean of the School of International Relations at Peking University.

Kamiya Matake is a Professor at the National Defense Academy of Japan.

The late Michel Oksenberg was a Senior Fellow at the Institute of International Studies Asia/Pacific Research Center at Stanford University.

Robert S. Ross is Professor of Political Science at Boston College and a Research Associate at the John King Fairbank Center for East Asian Research, Harvard University.

Soeya Yoshihide is a Professor at Keio University, Tokyo.

Zhang Baijia is Research Professor of the Party History Research Center of the Central Party School of the Chinese Communist Party.

Tuosheng Zhang is a Researcher at the China Foundation for International and Strategic Studies

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. I Domestic Politics and Triangle Relations
1 U.S. Politics and Asian Policy 17
2 Chinese Politics and Asia-Pacific Policy 38
3 Japanese Politics and Asia-Pacific Policy 52
Pt. II U.S.-China Relations
4 U.S. Relations with China 79
5 Chinese Relations with the United States 109
Pt. III U.S.-Japan Relations
6 U.S. Relations with Japan 135
7 Japanese Relations with the United States 164
Pt. IV Sino-Japanese Relations
8 China's Relations with Japan 191
9 Japan's Relations with China 210
Notes 229
A Selected Bibliography on Bilaterial Relations 249
Index 253
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