Though a US-China conflict is far from inevitable, major tensions are building in the Asia-Pacific region. Goldstein's book lays bare both US and Chinese perceptions of where their interests clash and offers one hundred policy proposals to inaugurate a genuine debate regarding cooperative solutions to the most vexing problems in US-China relations.
Though a US China conflict is far from inevitable, major tensions are building in the Asia-Pacific region. These strains are the result of historical enmity, cultural divergence, and deep ideological estrangement, not to mention apprehensions fueled by geopolitical competition and the closely related security dilemma. Despite worrying signs of intensifying rivalry, few observers have provided concrete paradigms to lead this troubled relationship away from disaster. This book is dramatically different in that Lyle J. Goldstein's focus is on laying bare both US and Chinese perceptions of where their interests clash and proposing new paths to ease bilateral tensions through compromise. Each chapter contains a cooperation spiral -the opposite of an escalation spiral-to illustrate these policy proposals. Goldstein makes one hundred policy proposals over the course of this book to inaugurate a genuine debate regarding cooperative policy solutions to the most vexing problems in US-China relations. Goldstein not only parses findings from American scholarship but also breaks new ground by analyzing hundreds of Chinese-language sources, including military publications, never before evaluated by Western experts. Meeting China Halfway, new in paperback, remains a refreshing and unique contribution to the study of the world's most important bilateral relationship.
Table of contents:
1. Introduction: Reversing the Escalation Spiral 2. Bad Blood: The Legacy of History for US-China Relations 3. Imagine: The Taiwan Question and US-China Relations 4. Mutually Assured Dependence: Economic Aspects of US-China Relations 5. Toxic Embrace: The Environment and US-China Relations 6. South-South Pivot: The Developing World and US-China Relations 7. Persian Spring: The Middle East and US-China Relations 8. Bipolarity Reconsidered: The Korean Peninsula and US-China Relations 9. Keystone: Japan and US-China Relations 10. The New Fulda Gap : Southeast Asia and US-China Relations 11. Alter Ego: India and US-China Relations 12. Conclusion: Rebalancing the Rebalance: Mitigating Strategic Rivalry in US-China Relations Index
Lyle J. Goldstein is an associate professor in the Strategic Research Department at the US Naval War College (NWC). He was also the founding director of the NWC's China Maritime Studies Institute. He is the coeditor of numerous volumes including China, the United States, and 21st Century Sea Power, the author of Preventive Attack and Weapons of Mass Destruction, and a regular contributor to The National Interest.