The Press and China Policy: The Illusion of Sino-American Relations, 1950-1984

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This unique book systematically examines the interplay among foreign policymakers, the press, and public opinion in the process of China policy decision making from 1950 to 1984. Readers will benefit from the findings that, through 35 years of Sino-American relations, the press helps perpetuate the illusion that has existed in the public mind since 1950. The comprehensive analysis allows readers to understand hoe the press shapes and is shaped by foreign policy decisions.

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Overview

This unique book systematically examines the interplay among foreign policymakers, the press, and public opinion in the process of China policy decision making from 1950 to 1984. Readers will benefit from the findings that, through 35 years of Sino-American relations, the press helps perpetuate the illusion that has existed in the public mind since 1950. The comprehensive analysis allows readers to understand hoe the press shapes and is shaped by foreign policy decisions.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
1 U.S. Foreign Policy and the Press: The Rules of Decision Making 1
2 The Politics of U.S.-China Relations 37
3 The Press and the Politics of China Reporting 55
4 Research Design: Hypotheses, Definitions, and Sources of Data 81
5 Political Symbolism and China Policy Reporting 101
6 Reporting China Policy: Attention and Presumptions 137
7 China Relations and the Pictures in the Press 167
8 The Government, the Press, and Public Opinion 213
9 Conclusions and Implications: The News as Policy Manifestation 237
Appendix A: Coding Instructions 249
References 253
Author Index 265
Subject Index 269
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