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US-China Relations in the 21st Century addresses the bilateral relations of these two nations on an international, domestic, societal and individual level between 1990 and 2005. Peaceful power shifts remain a central dilemma in world politics, since historically power transition from a dominant nation to a challenger has been associated with international wars. This book examines whether China and the US can learn from history and manage a potential power transition peacefully.

Zhiqun Zhu selects two important cases of power transitions in history as the background for this study:

  • power rivalry between Great Britain and Germany that led to the First World War
  • the peaceful power transition from Great Britain to the United States.

US-China Relations in the 21st Century contributes to the current International Relations theory by proposing a new analytical model on global power transition and providing recommendations for peacefully handling a potential power transition from the US to China in the future. This original and comprehensive study is essential reading for scholars of US and Chinese foreign policy, world politics and international relations.

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'Zhu's impressive study provides an excellent starting point.' - The China Journal

'I like Zhu's historical-comparative methodology, and his case studies provide a solid survey of the historical/political context of power transitions' - Shogo Suzuki, University of Cambridge, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 20:1, March 2007, pp. 203-204.

'...this is a valuable, well-written study. Zhu has systematically applied power transition theory to the comparative study of three major cases involving a dominant power and a challenger. The cases include the British and the Germans, 1871-1914; the British and the Americans, 1865-1945; and the Chinese and Americans, 1990-2005' - S. Ogden, Northeastern University, CHOICE 2007

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415702089
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/28/2006
  • Series: Politics in Asia Series
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Zhiqun Zhu, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of International Political Economy and Diplomacy at the University of Bridgeport, USA.
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Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Rethinking Theories of Power Transition 3. British-German Relations (1871-1914) 4. Anglo-American Relations (1865-1945) 5. Sino-American Relations (1990-2005) 6. Comparisons and Contrasts 7. U.S.-China Relations and Power Transition in the Twenty-First Century

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