American critics who deeply fear a "China threat" have unduly influenced government policy. "China hawks" believe China intends to push the United States out of Asia and dominate the world. Protectionists argue that China threatens American jobs and prosperity.
This authoritative work examines why and how the U.S. should stabilize and improve its relations with China. It first assesses the threat posed by China, addressing such issues as military capability, Taiwan, the trade deficit, human rights and democracy. It then discusses the rationale for rapprochement between the two countries in order to achieve a stable peace. It makes the case for a fundamental shift in U.S. policy and efforts by both countries to increase their cooperation. It analyzes the benefits to the United States of this policy shift along with the potential impact on Japan, Taiwan, and both Koreas.
This significant work on U.S.-China relations will be an essential resource for the academic and policy community as well as of interest to the general reader on a topic of great public concern.
Donald Gross is a policy expert, strategist and lawyer who also serves as adjunct fellow of Pacific Forum CSIS, a non-profit research institute affiliated with the Center for Strategic and International Studies. A former State Department official, he developed diplomatic strategy toward East Asia and negotiated sensitive international agreements. Earlier, he was counselor of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency and director of legislative affairs at the National Security Council in the White House.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: The Unfulfilled Promise of U.S.-China Relations2. The Real Military Balance3. Rapprochement and a Stable Peace4. China's Economic Juggernaut5. Democracy and Human Rights in China6. The "Soft Power" of China's Foreign Policy7. Getting It Right: A New Framework Agreement for U.S.-China Relations8. Realizing Japan's Foreign Policy Goals9. Achieving Korean Reunification10. Conclusion: The China Fallacy11. Epilogue
What People are Saying About This
Samuel R. Berger
The China Fallacy is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand American policy toward China. Its thoughtful recommendations on improving U.S.-China relations should be weighed seriously by all concerned with the impact of China's rise. —Samuel R. Berger (United States National Security Advisor, under President Bill Clinton from 1997 to 2001)
Understanding the complexity, risk and opportunity of China's rise will drive American opinions and policy making well into the 21st century. This book makes an important contribution to that end. —Jon Huntsman (United States Ambassador to China from 2009 to 2011 and candidate for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination)