Same Bed, Different Dreams: Managing U.S.-China Relations, 1989-2000

Same Bed, Different Dreams: Managing U.S.-China Relations, 1989-2000

Same Bed, Different Dreams: Managing U.S.-China Relations, 1989-2000

Same Bed, Different Dreams: Managing U.S.-China Relations, 1989-2000


"David M. Lampton has written an extraordinary book. Systematic and comprehensive, highly original and interpretive, it captures the complexity of Sino-American relations as no other book has done."--Michel Oksenberg, coauthor of "Policy Making in China: Leaders, Structures, and Processes"

"Lampton paints a comprehensive and compelling picture of the up-and -down relationship between the U.S. and the PRC during the last fifty years. He offers clear insights into the underlying causes of the sometimes dangerous problems experienced in the past. He also offers sound prescriptions for how to make the relationship more constructive in the future. This book is a must-read for senior officials in the next administration."--William Perry, former United States Secretary of Defense and currently Professor at Stanford University

"David Lampton brilliantly describes the complex interplay of conditions, constraints, and personalities that have shaped the Sino-American relationship since the end of the Cold War. His keen eye, careful scholarship, and broad access to top leaders over three decades are apparent from his colorful quotations that open each chapter to his astute conclusions. His fresh, balanced, and insightful analysis is a 'must read' for those who aspire to understand and better manage a relationship that is key to peace and prosperity in the twenty-first century. Happily, this seminal work is as readable as it is scholarly."--Carla A. Hills, former United States Trade Representative and currently Chairman and CEO of Hills & Company


The Chinese have an expression that captures the essence of a relationship between two people whose lives are intimately intertwined but who do not fundamentally communicate with each other:“same bed, different dreams” (tong chuang, yi meng). So it is with United States–China relations. The processes of economic and information globalization, along with the development of international regimes and multilateral organizations, have landed America and China increasingly near one another in the same global bed, but our respective national institutions, interests, leadership and popular perceptions, and the very characters of our two peoples, ensure that our nations have substantially different dreams. This has provided the underlying dynamic of the first decade of post–cold war U. S.-China relations and will continue to do so well into the twenty-first century.

This book reflects my unique opportunity to interact with Chinese people and leaders from the People's Republic of China (PRC), Hong Kong, and Taiwan for nearly thirty years as a scholar, as the head of a policyoriented exchange organization, and as director of Washington think tank research programs dealing with China. These varied experiences account for this volume's eclectic mixture of academic analysis, personal account, and policy guidance. My first direct encounter with China was as a doctoral student in 1972–1973, when I interviewed brave refugees who had fled to Hong Kong to escape the terror of China's Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution. I undertook research in Taiwan a few years later, when the island was still under martial law and not much more congenial to foreign researchers than Communist China (where I conducted field research in 1982 while living in the city of Wuhan).

The most significant experience that has shaped this volume was my decade of work as president of the National Committee on United . . .

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