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"Yafeng Xia... has penned a complex scholarly account on a simple question: how did two adversaries, the US and the People's Republic of China (PRC), turn around that relationship over the course of the period from 1949 to 1972 in a diplomatic revolution engineered by Mao Zedong and Richard Nixon? Employing newly available Chinese archival information, Xia painstakingly crafts the story from the turbulent year 1949 to Nixon's China trip in 1972.... Highly recommended." ―Choice



"Drawing on newly available Chinese and U.S. primary sources, Yafeng Xia has produced a significant study on the complex and fascinating history of Beijing―Washington communications from the dangerous years of confrontation to the period of rapprochement forged by Mao and Nixon." ―William Burr, author of The Kissinger Transcripts: The Top Secret Talks with Beijing and Moscow



"This is a very good attempt by Xia Yafeng to give a coherent and consistent account of the China―U.S. contacts during the early decades of the Cold War. The extensive research he has done is impressive and his readers will certainly gain a better understanding of this interesting and intricate part of the history of the relationship between the two great countries." ―Zhou Wenzhong, Chinese Ambassador to the United States



"Dr. Yafeng Xia’s study is premised on a rich array of U.S. and Chinese sources. His analysis is powerful and conclusions trustworthy. This book is one of the best recent works on the history of Sino-American relations." ―Hui He, Professor of History, South China Normal University, Lengzhan guojishi yanjiu [Cold War International History Studies], No. 8 (summer 2009)



"Yafeng Xia (Long Island Univ.) has penned a complex scholarly account on a simple question: how did two adversaries, the US and the People's Republic of China (PRC), turn around that relationship over the course of the period from 1949 to 1972 in a diplomatic revolution engineered by Mao Zedong and Richard Nixon? Employing newly available Chinese archival information, Xia painstakingly crafts the story from the turbulent year 1949 to Nixon's China trip in 1972. While scholars might be disappointed that little attention is given to the State Department's 'China hands' who courageously offered advice about establishing a relationship with Mao before the takeover of the mainland, they will find information on those officials of the PRC, including Huang Hua, Wang Bingnan, and Qiao Guanhua, who advised Mao and Zhou Enlai as 'American hands.' In short, Xia sees the two―decades―plus story of Sino―US relations as a continuum of confrontation and communication that slowly paved the way for the historic changes in 1972. Despite security concerns, ideology, and historical enmity, the eventual conciliation resulted in full diplomatic recognition of the PRC in 1978. The book contains photos, a chronology, endnotes, and an especially noteworthy, extensive bibliography. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. ―CHOICE January 2008" ―C. W. Haury, Piedmont Virginia Community College



"Xia has written a valuable book that adds considerably to our understanding of Chinese negotiating style and aims from 1949 to 1972." ―Journal of Cold War Studies



"Xia's readable style, up-to-date research, balanced judgments, and far better presentation of the Chinese side make this the preferred work for serious readers." ―China Review International, Vol 15, no. 3



"Negotiating with the Enemy deals with a crucial issue concerning the history of Chinese―American relations, U.S. policy toward China, and in a more general sense the international history of the Cold War. Well organized and clearly written, the account rests on the author's excellent multi―archival and multi―source research. Strongly recommended." ―Jian Chen, Professor of Sino-American Relations, University of Virginia

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A compelling account of Cold War politics and secret negotiations.
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