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Title page, Series page, Copyright

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pp. i-iv

Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Introduction

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pp. 1-14

China’s increasing economic and military capabilities have attracted much attention in recent years. Within the span of a single generation, China has moved from an almost isolated state to...

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1. Overview: The Evolution of China's Diplomacy and Foreign Relations in the Era of Reform, 1976–2005

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pp. 15-34

This chapter traces the development of China’s diplomacy since that nation undertook economic reform and opened itself up to the outside world. There have been two major stages: the initial, unfolding stage of...

Part I: China's Relations with the United States

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2. Building a New Conceptual Framework for U.S.-China Relations

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pp. 37-56

One constant challenge for the policy makers in China and the United States since the end of the Cold War has been to find a new, mutually agreeable conceptual framework for the relationship between...

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3. China's New Leadership and Strategic Relations with the United States

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pp. 57-70

China’s current government has been in office for more than five years. During this time, China’s relations with the United States have received unprecedented international attention. Although most people agree...

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4. American Nuclear Primacy or Mutually Assured Destruction: The Future of the U.S.-China Strategic Balance of Power

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pp. 71-84

The nuclear balance of power between the United States and China will be a major security issue in the twenty-first century. On the one hand, China is rapidly expanding its offensive...

Part II: China's Relations with Other Major Powers

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5. The Sino-Russian Strategic Relationship: Ghost of the "Strategic Triangle"?

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pp. 87-114

The relationship between the two vast empires astride the Eurasian heartland has been troubled for centuries, despite certain superficial similarities in size and in political and economic...

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6. The European Union and China: Partnership with Competition

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pp. 115-132

China’s relationship with the European Union (EU) is the best external bilateral relationship it has—better than that with the United States, Japan, and Russia. Politically, EU-China relations have matured...

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7. China's Japan Policy: Beijing's View of the U.S.-Japan Alliance

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pp. 133-152

Chinese foreign policy toward Japan can be analyzed from many different angles. The U.S.-Japan alliance has been the foundation of Japanese foreign policy in the postwar era, so this chapter uses...

Part III: China's Regional Relations

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8. The Korean Peninsula: A Chinese View on the North Korean Nuclear Issue

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pp. 155-172

History and geography have combined to make the Korean peninsula important to China’s security. This importance lies not only in the peninsula’s long common border with China’s industrial heartland in the...

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9. China's Dilemma over the North Korean Nuclear Problem

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pp. 173-182

The history of the North Korean nuclear problem, from October 2002 to the present, is full of puzzles, many of which concern China’s behavior. No one, not even policy makers themselves, can solve these...

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10. Changes in South Asia since 9/11 and China's Policy Options

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pp. 183-196

Since the end of the Cold War, and especially since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and subsequent developments, South Asia has witnessed significant and profound changes. These changes and...

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11. After the Anti-Secession Law: Cross-Strait and U.S.-China Relations

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pp. 197-216

The March 2008 presidential election restored the Kuomintang (KMT) to power in Taiwan. Since the KMT is sympathetic to improving relations with mainland China, and since it was voted back into power based on...

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12. Hong Kong and Macao: In between China and the West

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pp. 217-236

Even though Hong Kong was a British colony for 155 years, it has always been “useful” to China. The city played a very important role in the economic, societal, and even political development of...

Part IV: Chinese Diplomacy with Chinese Characteristics

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13. Between Rhetoric and Pragmatism: Nationalism as a Driving Force of Chinese Foreign Policy

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pp. 239-252

During the standoff that occurred after a U.S. spy plane collided with a Chinese jet fighter and landed on Hainan Island in 2001, the Washington Post ran a front-page story headlined “New Nationalism...

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14. Engagement or Sanction? U.S. Economic Diplomacy toward China since the Cold War

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pp. 253-274

Economic policy is the “soft power” that has been employed in international history since the Athenian era in the late fifth century B.C.1 Up until World War I, U.S. foreign policy makers, whether following an...

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15. The Rupture of the Sino-Soviet Alliance: An Assessment of the National Intelligence Evaluation

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pp. 275-294

In October 2004, I was invited to attend a special academic conference in Washington, D.C., on U.S. intelligence during the Cold War. Some valuable original files, known as the National Intelligence...

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16. A Misty Cold War in the Himalayas: China's Historical Temperament in International Relations

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pp. 295-318

In recent years, numerous predictions about China’s rise in the twenty-first century have been made based on the precedents of the great powers’ ascendance in world history. These exercises, however, have overlooked what...

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17. An Intercultural Communication Model of International Relations: The Case of China

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pp. 319-334

Most of the scholarly literature on Chinese diplomatic behavior and foreign relations, and indeed on international relations in general, is policy driven, issue focused, and short-term oriented. The predominant theoretical...

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Conclusion

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pp. 335-348

For the last three decades, China has been the fastest growing economy on earth. The statistics are striking: since 1978, China’s gross domestic product (GDP) has grown an average of 9 percent per...

English-Chinese Terms

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pp. 349-360

About the Contributors

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pp. 361-364

Index

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pp. 365-377