Managing Sino-American Crises: Case Studies and Analysis

Managing Sino-American Crises: Case Studies and Analysis

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The Taiwan Strait. The Korean War. Vietnam. The bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade. The Sino-U.S. aircraft collision incident. U.S.-China relations have witnessed significant tensions and conflict over the years. Sensitivities and suspicions between Washington and Beijing have heightened as China's global power and influence have grown. Arguably, this new international order could increase the chances of a political-military crisis—or perhaps outright conflict—between the two powers. Managing Sino-American Crises brings together Chinese and American officials and participants in past confrontations, as well as scholars from both countries, to explore the changing features of crisis behavior and their implications for defusing future encounters. Using both conceptual analysis and historical case studies, this authoritative volume identifies specific problems and opportunities that will likely confront both countries in the future. The authors propose recommendations that will improve the effectiveness of U.S.-China crisis management skills. Contributors include Wang Jisi (Peking University), Zhang Baijia (Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party), Richard Weitz (Hudson Institute), Robert L. Suettinger (Technology, Inc.), Dennis C. Blair (Institute for Defense Analyses), David V. Bonfili (Institute for Defense Analyses), Xu Hui (National Defense University), Kurt M. Campbell (Center for Strategic and International Studies), Jonathan Wilkenfeld (University of Maryland), Xia Liping (Shanghai Institute for International Studies), Allen S. Whiting (University of Arizona), Wu Baiyi (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences), Niu Jun (Peking University), and Zhang Tuosheng (China Foundation for International and Strategic Studies).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780870032288
Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
Publication date: 12/20/2006
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 518
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Michael D. Swaine is a senior associate in the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace's China Program. He has produced several seminal studies, which have expanded American and Chinese governmental officials' understanding of the Chinese military and its role in national security decision making, and Taiwan's national security decision-making process. Dr. Swaine spearheaded and currently co-directs a multi-year collaborative project on key aspects of Sino-American crisis management with a Beijing-based think tank. Dr. Swaine was named the first holder of the RAND Center for Asia Pacific Policy Chair, and also served as research director for the center. His most recent book is Managing Sino-American Crises: Case Studies and Analysis (Carnegie Endowment, 2006). He received a Ph.D. in government from Harvard University. Zhang Tuosheng is director of the research department and senior fellow at the China Foundation for International and Strategic Studies. Danielle F. S. Cohen was a junior fellow with the China Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace from 2005-2006. She is the author of Retracing the Triangle: China's Strategic Perceptions of Japan in the Post Cold-War Era (Maryland Series in Contemporary Asian Studies, 2005).

Table of Contents

Contents     v
Acknowledgments     vii
Acronyms     ix
Foreword   Jessica T. Mathews   Chen Zhiya     xi
Understanding the Historical Record   Michael D. Swaine     1
Concepts and Methods in the Study of International Crisis Management   Jonathan Wilkenfeld     103
Pattern of Sino-American Crises: A Chinese Perspective   Wang Jisi   Xu Hui     133
Crisis Management in China and in the United States: A Comparative Study   Xia Liping     149
"Resist America": China's Role in the Korean and Vietnam Wars   Zhang Baijia     179
U.S. Crisis Management Vis-a-vis China: Korea and Vietnam   Allen S. Whiting     215
U.S. "Management" of Three Taiwan Strait "Crises"   Robert L. Suettinger     251
Chinese Decision Making in Three Military Actions Across the Taiwan Strait   Niu Jun     293
The Chinese Embassy Bombing: Evidence of Crisis Management?   Kurt M. Campbell   Richard Weitz     327
Chinese Crisis Management During the 1999 Embassy Bombing Incident   Wu Baiyi     351
The April 2001 EP-3 Incident: The U.S. Point of View   Dennis C. Blair   David V.Bonfili     377
The Sino-American Aircraft Collision: Lessons for Crisis Management   Zhang Tuosheng     391
Conclusion: Implications, Questions, and Recommendations   Michael D. Swaine     423
Bibliography     453
Index     495
Contributors     515
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace     519

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