America's Response to China: A History of Sino-American Relations

America's Response to China: A History of Sino-American Relations

America's Response to China: A History of Sino-American Relations

America's Response to China: A History of Sino-American Relations

Synopsis

The book is a series of twenty-three linked interpretive essays on the most significant developments in modern times--ranging from athletics to art, the economy to the environment.

Excerpt

In the closing months of the twentieth century, Chinese-American relations are dangerously close to degenerating into a new Cold War. Images of the Tiananmen massacres of 1989 sear the memories of older Americans and their leaders are troubled by evidence of Chinese spying and illegal campaign contributions in the United States. Across the Pacific, young Chinese, their nationalism inflamed by the accidental bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade by American-led NATO forces, attack the American Embassy in Beijing and set fire to the home of the American consul-general in Chengdu. A decade that began with the United States breaking off high-level contacts to punish China for the brutal suppression of pro-democracy demonstrations ends with the Chinese canceling military and political dialogues to punish the United States for killing Chinese in Belgrade. I can only pray that the next edition of America's Response to China does not tell a sad tale of how two nations with no vital interests in conflict stumbled into war.

In this edition I have replaced the epilogue I wrote in the summer of 1989 after having been devastated by the events of June 3 and 4, after I saw the hopes and dreams of my Chinese friends crushed when the People's Liberation Army turned its weapons on the Chinese people. A new chapter 9 carries the story from 1989 to 1999, covering the twists and turns of the Bush and Clinton administrations as they groped for an adequate response to China after the collapse of the Soviet empire. None of the Americans responsible for policy toward China in those years left a . . .

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