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Re-Examining the Cold War: U. S.-China Diplomacy, 1954-1973

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Overview


The twelve essays in this volume underscore the similarities between Chinese and American approaches to bilateral diplomacy and between their perceptions of each other's policy-making motivations. Much of the literature on U.S.-China relations posits that each side was motivated either by ideologically informed interests or by ideological assumptions about its counterpart. But as these contributors emphasize, newly accessible archives suggest rather that both Beijing and Washington developed a responsive and tactically adaptable foreign policy. Each then adjusted this policy in response to changing international circumstances and changing assessments of its counterpart's policies. Motivated less by ideology than by pragmatic national security concerns, each assumed that the other faced similar considerations.
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Editorial Reviews

Asian Affairs

This enthralling volume is a product of current Sino-U.S. scholarly co-operation. It makes full use of recently released Chinese and American official archives, and provides a fascinating and instructive account of how two mutually hostile powers nevertheless found it possible—indeed imperative—to communicate with each other.
— Victor Funnell

Asian Affairs - Victor Funnell
This enthralling volume is a product of current Sino-U.S. scholarly co-operation. It makes full use of recently released Chinese and American official archives, and provides a fascinating and instructive account of how two mutually hostile powers nevertheless found it possible--indeed imperative--to communicate with each other.
Asian Affairs
This enthralling volume is a product of current Sino-U.S. scholarly co-operation. It makes full use of recently released Chinese and American official archives, and provides a fascinating and instructive account of how two mutually hostile powers nevertheless found it possible--indeed imperative--to communicate with each other.
— Victor Funnell
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674005266
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Series: Harvard East Asian Monographs Series , #203
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

Jiang Changbin is Director of the International Strategic Research Institute at the Central Party School of the Chinese Communist Party in Beijing.

Robert Accinelli is Professor of History at the University of Toronto.

Rosemary Foot is Professor of International Relations and the John Swire Senior Research Fellow at St. Antony's College, University of Oxford.

Steven M. Goldstein is Sophia Smith Professor of Government at Smith College.

Gong Li is Professor of International Relations at the International Strategic Research Center, Central Party School of the Chinese Communist Party.

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

William C. Kirby is the Spangler Family Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, T. M. Chang Professor of China Studies, and Director of the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University.

Li Chi is Professor in the Department for Research on Party Documents, Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party.

Ronald W. Pruessen is Chair of the Department of History at the University of Toronto.

Michael Schaller is Professor of History at the University of Arizona.

Robert D. Schulzinger is Professor of History and Director of the International Affairs Program at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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

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Table of Contents

Preface
Contributors
Introduction 1
1 The Two Chinas in the Global Setting: Sino-Soviet and Sino-American Cooperation in the 1950s 25
2 The Changing International Scene and Chinese Policy toward the United States, 1954-1970 46
3 Over the Volcano: The United States and the Taiwan Strait Crisis, 1954-1955 77
4 "A Thorn in the Side of Peace": The Eisenhower Administration and the 1958 Offshore Islands Crisis 106
5 Tension across the Taiwan Strait in the 1950s: Chinese Strategy and Tactics 141
6 Steering Wheel, Shock Absorber, and Diplomatic Probe in Confrontation: Sino-American Ambassadorial Talks Seen from the Chinese Perspective 173
7 Dialogue of the Deaf?: The Sino-American Ambassadorial-Level Talks, 1955-1970 200
8 The Johnson Administration, China, and the Vietnam War 238
9 Redefinitions: The Domestic Context of America's China Policy in the 1960s 262
10 Changes in China's Domestic Situation in the 1960s and Sino-U.S. Relations 288
11 Chinese Decision Making and the Thawing of U.S.-China Relations 321
12 Detente and the Strategic Triangle: Or, "Drinking Your Mao Tai and Having Your Vodka, Too" 361
Notes 393
Index 479
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