Obama and China's Rise: An Insider's Account of America's Asia Strategy

Obama and China's Rise: An Insider's Account of America's Asia Strategy

by Jeffrey A. Bader
ISBN-10:
0815722427
ISBN-13:
2900815722426
Pub. Date:
03/06/2012
Publisher:
Brookings Institution Press
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Obama and China's Rise: An Insider's Account of America's Asia Strategy

"Future presidents will need to find the right balance in China policy, so as to maintain America's strength and watchfulness but not fall into the classic security dilemma, wherein each side believes that growing capabilities reflect hostile intent and responds by producing that reality. I believe that President Obama struck that balance." —From Obama and China's Rise

In 2005, veteran diplomat and Asia analyst Jeffrey Bader met for the first time with the then-junior U.S. senator from Illinois. When Barack Obama entered the White House a few years later, Bader was named the senior director for East Asian affairs on the National Security Council, becoming one of a handful of advisers responsible for formulating and implementing the administration's policy regarding that key region. For obvious reasons—a booming economy, expanding military power, and increasing influence over the region—the looming impact of a rising China dominated their efforts.

Obama's original intent was to extend U.S. influence and presence in East Asia, which he felt had been neglected by a Bush administration fixated on the Middle East, particularly Iraq, and the war on terror. China's rise, particularly its military buildup, was heightening anxiety among its neighbors, including key U.S. allies Japan and South Korea. Bader explains the administration's efforts to develop stable relations with China while improving relationships with key partners worried about Beijing's new assertiveness.

In Obama and China's Rise, Bader reveals what he did, discusses what he saw, and interprets what it meant—first during the Obama campaign, and then for the administration. The result is an illuminating backstage view of the formulation and execution of American foreign policy as well as a candid assessment of both. Bader combines insightful and authoritative foreign policy analysis with a revealing and humanizing narrative of his own personal journey.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900815722426
Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
Publication date: 03/06/2012
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 171
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Prologue: The Candidate and the Campaign xiii

1 Asia Policy: The Big Picture 1

2 Laying the Foundation: Secretary Clinton Visits Asia 9

3 China: Getting Started 18

4 North Korea: Breaking the Pattern 26

5 Japan: From LDP to DPJ Rule 40

6 China: The Obama Visit and the Climate Change Conference 48

7 Year Two: Dealing with an Assertive China 69

8 Tensions in Korea 83

9 Building Stronger Ties with Southeast Asia 94

10 China's Push into Other Maritime Areas 104

11 The Road to Hu Jintao's Visit to the United States 109

12 Dealing with Multiple Disasters in Japan 130

13 Looking Back, Looking Ahead 140

Notes 151

Index 163

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