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Debating China: The U.S.-China Relationship in Ten Conversations 1st Edition

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"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


"Readers of Debating China will feel as if they are participating in high-level Track II diplomacy, the quasi-official efforts of former government officials, foreign policy experts, and interested stakeholders to help two governments come closer together. The exchanges between prominent Americans and their Chinese counterparts are not always reassuring, but they are stimulating, important, and rare." --Anne-Marie Slaughter


"This is a dynamite concept extremely well-executed. I can give it two of my highest accolades: I'm finding it hard to stop reading and I'm planning to use it as required reading for my class next semester." --Harry Harding, University of Virginia, Dean of Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, Professor of Public Policy and Politics


"Debating China is a stimulating and unusual exploration of key dimensions of the U.S.-China relationship. Its 'conversational' format facilitates the back-and-forth exchange missing in other studies. Pointed, sharp, and substantive, these conversations illustrate clearly why the United States and China do not see eye-to-eye on most issues, yet why they must 'agree to disagree.' A perfect text for classroom use and a stimulating read for specialists." --David Shambaugh, George Washington University, and author of China Goes Global


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, Democracy, 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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (January 17, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199973881
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199973880
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.8 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #552,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Let’s face it: when it comes to foreign policy, the US often talks but forgets to listen. Time and again we’re so busy telling other countries and peoples how the world works, that we don't quite get around to hearing how their world actually works - according to them. The resulting list of devastating foreign affairs ‘surprises’ is a long one, and would read like a comedy of errors, if IEDs or Vietnamese Boat Refugees were funny. This is why I sometimes get a little depressed when I try to follow the national debate on China. The US relationship with China is probably the single most important foreign policy issue of the 21st century. It is fraught with uncertainties. Yet our politicians (and many experts) talk about it with such certainty, that I keep seeing flashes of Robert McNamara and Dick Cheney. I keep thinking, ‘Great, but how do the Chinese feel about this?’ and ‘Talk less, listen more.’
This is where Nina Hachigian’s book ‘Debating China’ comes in.
If you, like me, want to know what the Chinese are thinking: Nina Hachigian has pulled together ten high-level Chinese experts, and lets them have their say, on issues that stretch from Intellectual Property Rights to Taiwan to Climate Change to Human Rights. (I know: ten falls a little short of 1.351 billion, but it’s a start.) And if you want to have the Chinese views put in perspective by American experts, well, Hachigian provides you with ten of those as well. She presents, in other words, a high-level dialogue, a back-and-forth, and it’s the breath of fresh air the debate on China desperately needs. It should be required reading for anyone in international affairs. I keep thinking: what if there had been a ‘Debating Iraq’ in 2002? Or a ‘Debating Vietnam’ in 1964? Or… Well, you get the picture. Read it, and pass the word.
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This is a rare treasure that presents the width and depth of today’s US-China relations. For anyone who is interested in this important bilateral relationship , the book will be one of the best resources to turn to. The beauty of the book lies in that the correspondence between the American and Chinese experts on the same topic clearly show the agreements and more importantly, the disagreements of the two sides on each issue. For people who are trying to understand the fundamental conflicts of views between the two countries, the correspondence between the best-informed folks did the perfect job in comparing the differences point by point.

The topics covered by the book are extensive. From military security to media, from economic relations to global responsibility, all the heatedly debated top agenda between Beijing and Washington is included and presented in a comprehensive way. The authors used policy languages that are both nuanced and easy to understand, making the book a good read for both savvy policy analysts and students of US-China relations.
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Not too often do amateurs get a window into the highest level of behind-the-scenes policy makers. Here, in real time, is the thinking of China experts from the West and America experts from China on issues that will be in play in the 2016 Presidential Election. Off the media radar, China and America are flashing sharp elbows at each other in the South China Sea. China is chomping at the bit to assimilate Taiwan, but how? By salesmanship or seamanship? Next door neighbor, Kim Jong-un, is paranoid and nuclear. Sixty years ago, out of nowhere, the islands of Quemoy and Matsu became front page copy in the Nixon/Kennedy debates. Look for the views Ms. Hachigian teases out of high level advisors to move center stage before we know it; her "conversations" provide great insight for thoughtful Americans.
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This book is a fascinating look at some of the key issues in the US-China relationship by a range of top scholars from both countries on security, economic, energy/environment, and political issues. The way this book is structured is truly unique: it has a Chinese and an American scholar exchange a series of letters back and forth, debating, analyzing, and exploring each issue. On many of these issues, the letters help show areas where the US and China are not just in agreement or in disagreement, but where they're actually talking past one another, framing the issue and focusing on topics in a completely different way than the other side. Cyber is a great example of this in the book.
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Breaking free from the typical mold of analyses on this most critical of bilateral relationships, this book does a masterful job of crystallizing the key differences and potential areas for future cooperation between Washington and Beijing. By pairing leading experts in the field together to debate those issues most likely to shape the relationship, Ms. Hachigian has given casual observers an accessible primer on US-China ties and, importantly, provided US policy makers an invaluable tool for understanding China's perceptions of US intentions and policies. Highly recommended.
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the u.s.-china relationship will define the early part of this century - yet americans and chinese don't really understand each other. 'debating china' covers the core issues and how each side thinks about them - trade, human rights, regional security, global roles, climate & energy, taiwan, media, international development and military cooperation. if you care about how the u.s. will relate to china as it continues to rise - and you should - this is a great read!
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