Pacific-Asian Issues: American and Chinese Views

Pacific-Asian Issues: American and Chinese Views

Pacific-Asian Issues: American and Chinese Views

Pacific-Asian Issues: American and Chinese Views

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On May 20, 1985, two groups of scholars -- one from the Institute of East Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and the other from Shanghai Institute for International Studies -- began four days of discussion in the latter city.

The papers upon which the discussions were based are presented in this volume, with revisions made by the authors after the sessions. Differences on many issues were to be expected, although there was often a considerable measure of agreement on the nature of domestic trends in various Asian states and the broadest regional trends. As will become clear to the reader, the major differences related to questions of policy. On the latter subject, the Chinese essays generally reflect official pronouncements, and thus represent a reasonably faithful depiction of the attitudes and policies of the PRC government. The American essays exhibit a variety of individual positions, not necessarily in conformity with the position of the U.S. government -- or with the views of other American scholars.

Despite this important distinction, which is generic to our two societies at present, both the formal and informal discussions that accompanied these essays were uninhibited and wide-ranging. Sometimes, the differences apparent in the essays were narrowed; sometimes, they remained. But participants on both sides agreed without exception that our discussions had been very worthwhile, and represented a part of that process of getting acquainted that is so essential if relations between the United States and the People's Republic of China are to develop positively. Thus, we plan to continue the dialogue, meeting on a second occasion in the United States.

We are grateful to the Sarah Scaife Foundation for support to the American delegation, and to our Chinese hosts -- headed by Director Chen Qimao -- for the cordial reception and hospitality accorded us.

Robert A. Scalapino

Berkeley California December 1985 . . .

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