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America's Response to China: A History of Sino-American Relations
This text, now in it's fourth edition, analyzes the concerns and conceptions that have shaped US-China policy - as well as their important consequences on the eve of the 21st century.
Paperback, Fourth Edition, 270 pages
Published February 3rd 2000 by Columbia University Press
(first published October 6th 1971)
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With American debt and the trade discrepancies to China, China has never been more important to the United States than it has now. Relations with China have taken on numerous guises as China has gone from its dynastic past to the socialized “capitalist” nation it is now. Warren I. Cohen of the University of Maryland recalls the curious relations between the United States and China from their 1844 Treaty of Wang-hsia to the election of US President Barack Obama in 2008 in his America’s Response t ...more
Skipping over the 1800s as more Europe’s time with China, Cohen details the ups and downs of 20th century Sino-American relations. His thesis is basically that America tried to become the mediator between the “real” imperialist powers and China, but because of American arrogance in assuming this special role, taking for granted that China would see the difference between the USA and Europe, America ironically ended up alienating China. Relations also failed in large part because China was simply ...more
An insightful account of American foreign policy in regards to China up until around 2009. Much of the book can feel a bit anticlimactic as a repetitive point is that China simply wasn't very important to American foreign policy for quite some time. However, with the mainland's growing importance in an increasingly interconnected world and the weakened United States, the spheres of influence is changing.