Synopses & Reviews
America and China are the two most important players in global affairs today, and no relationship is more consequential. But U.S.- China relations are exceedingly delicate, featuring a multitude of complex issues that America and China must navigate together, with any misstep a potential danger to the global economy.
In Debating China, Nina Hachigian, an emerging star in U.S. foreign policy, pairs experts from both the U.S. and China in "letter exchanges" that illuminate this multi-dimensional and highly complicated relationship. These fascinating exchanges-written by highly respected scholars and and former government officials from the U.S. and China-provide an invaluable dual perspective on such key issues as trade and investment; human rights; climate change; the tense military relationship; regional security in Asia; Taiwan; and the media, including the Internet. At the head of each section, Hachigian poses a series of questions for the writers to consider, including: Has global power shifted toward China? Is China growing at America's expense? To what degree are America and China playing a helpful or harmful role in the global economy? How are American and Chinese conceptions of human rights and democracy different? What do Chinese people think motivates U.S. interest in human rights, religious freedom and democracy in China? Do the Chinese consider their political system to be democratic? The answers to these questions-perhaps especially the Chinese answers-will be a revelation to many readers.
This well-informed, engaging dialogue between American and Chinese scholars gives readers an inside view of how both sides see particular issues. This dual perspective--sometimes complimentary, sometimes charged--is a must-read for anyone who wants a deep understanding of US - China relations today.
"These fascinating conversations between leading Chinese and American experts constitute a highly accessible and informative guide to the state of the most important diplomatic relationship in the contemporary world."--Francis Fukuyama, Stanford University
The US and China form the only great power relationship in the world. Theirs is therefore the most closely watched relationship in international politics, and it is not an exaggeration to say that global stability hinges on it. The multitude of issues that America and China must handle together makes it exceedingly delicate - and even more knotty than the earlier US-Soviet relationship because of the complexity of the economic ties connecting China and America.
In Debating CHina, Nina Hachigian, an emerging star in the field of US-China policy, pairs leading scholars from both the US and China in dialogues about the most crucial elements of the relationship: trade and investment; economic development; monetary policy; climate change and clean energy; political systems, values, and rights; the emerging military rivalry; regional security in south and northeast Asia, Tibet and Taiwan; and the media, including the Internet. She precedes the issue-focused chapters with a broad overview of the relationship for general educated readers. The dialogues between American and Chinese scholars are intended to give readers a balanced view of the topic at hand, and the two perspectives on offer for each issue area-some contrasting, some complimentary-are perfect for students trying to obtain a better understanding of US policy towards China. Logically structured and comprehensive in coverage, Debating China will be an essential primer on the most important international relationship of the twenty first century.
America and China are the two most powerful players in global affairs, and no relationship is more consequential. How they choose to cooperate and compete affects billions of lives. But U.S.-China relations are complex and often delicate, featuring a multitude of critical issues that America and China must navigate together. Missteps could spell catastrophe.
In Debating China, Nina Hachigian pairs American and Chinese experts in collegial "letter exchanges" that illuminate this multi-dimensional and complex relationship. These fascinating conversations-written by highly respected scholars and former government officials from the U.S. and China-provide an invaluable dual perspective on such crucial issues as trade and investment, human rights, climate change, military dynamics, regional security in Asia, and the media, including the Internet. The engaging dialogue between American and Chinese experts gives readers an inside view of how both sides see the key challenges. Readers bear witness to the writers' hopes and frustrations as they explore the politics, values, history, and strategic frameworks that inform their positions. This unique volume is perfect for anyone who wants a deeper understanding of U.S.-China relations today.
About the Author
Nina Hachigian is Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, in Washington, D.C. Earlier, she served as a staff member of the National Security Council. She is co-author of The Next American Century: How the U.S. Can Thrive as Other Powers Rise
. She has written essays for Foreign Affairs
, The Washington Quarterly
, and Survival
, as well as op-ed pieces for The New York Times
, Los Angeles Times
, and the South China Morning Post
, amongst others. Hachigian has been a guest on "Real Time with Bill Maher," CNN, Fox News, BBC, and NPR's "All Things Considered" and "Morning Edition." She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: An Overview of the U.S.-China Relationship
Chapter 2: The Economic Relationship
Chapter 3: Political Systems, Rights and Values
Chapter 4: Media
Chapter 5: Global Roles and Responsibilities
Chapter 6: Climate and Clean Energy
Chapter 7: Global Development and Investment
Chapter 8: Military Developments
Chapter 9: Taiwan and Tibet
Chapter 10: Regional Security Roles and Challenges