- Hardcover: 260 pages
- Publisher: Columbia University Press; 3 edition (January 1, 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0231068042
- ISBN-13: 978-0231068048
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
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America’s Response to China: A History of Sino-American Relations 3rd Edition
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"This volume attempts to go beyond the frantic list-making that has characterized many end-of -the-century books and delves into the ways twentieth century has changed human life." -- Foreign Affairs
About the Author
Warren I. Cohen is Distinguished University Professor Emeritus in the Department of History at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
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That had been the American attitude to China which seemed to be a rehearsal for the later Chinese civil war between the Nationalists under Chinag Kai Shek and the Communists under Mao Tze Tung. From a policy since Roosevelt's discerning but careful approach, America aided Chiang more because it feared communism than it loved the Nationalists. Cohen might be telling a different history today had the Americans gone all out to help Chiang push the communists out; but it realised that that wasn't a task worth the risks. Dean Acheson was reported to have said that he took office as American secretary of state at the time when Chiang Kai Shek was closed to collapse. At that time, Acheson himself was more concerned about creating NATO than to contain communism in Asia. The Nationalists eventually found itself governing Taiwan, keeping the dream of a Republic of China alive but incapable of realization as the mainland grew economically and militarily from the 1960's.
Cohen traces the thawing of the frosty US-Sino relationship in the 1970's and 1980' to the new awkwardness caused by China's repression of human rights activists in China and Tibet, and the supression of major movements like the Falungong. Nonetheless, America was determined not to create open hostility with China and both sides arrived at a quiet compromise when China detained the American reconnaissance plane that had collided with a Chinese fighter plane.
Cohen comes up to date with the situation in the twenty-first century. He identifies the two issues that contibue to divide the two countries. The first is America's continued rejection of communism, and second, America's support for a democratic Taiwan. The problem is that China is adamant that Taiwan must not be accepted internationally as an independent nation. America's response to Chinese intentions will be tricky. When America exerted pressure on China prior to the twenty-first century, it was the moral, economic, and military leader in the world. Now, as Cohen observed, "George W Bush had succeeded where the propagandists employed by Hitler, Stalin and Mao failed: it made the United States a pariah, largely as a result of its invasion of Iraq, its approval of torture in violation of the Geneva Convention, the symbolism of the Guantanamo prison complex, and the appalling photographs of the mistreatment of prisoners at Abu Graib. International public opinion polls recorded widespread unhappiness with the United States, even among its allies - and a broad consensus that Washingtoon posed a greater threat to the world than did Beijing." In this current state, as China expands economically and militarily, what will America's response be, especially when America continues to want a China that is "peaceful, prosperous, open, responsible, and cooperative".
Cohen has provided a clear, concise and up-to-date account of the US-Sino relationship that is also analytical and a joy to read.
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I enjoyed it. Clinton was very strong.