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US relations with China over the next decades will have a greater impact on world peace and economic growth than US ties with any other power. This volume, sponsored by the American Assembly, presents a comprehensive survey of the current status of US-China relations. Harvard's Ezra Vogel introduces articles by US China scholars (including officials from previous administrations) on Taiwan, Tibet, and Hong Kong (Michael Oksenberg); East Asian security (Douglas Paal); global order (David Lampton); economic transformations (Dwight Perkins); human rights (Harry Harding); commercial relations (Julia Chang Bloch); energy, agriculture, and the environment (Michael McElroy and Chris Nielsen); and domestic influences (Kenneth Lieberthal). There is also an address to the Assembly by Senator Sam Nunn. Authors discuss the rupture in relations after the Tiananmen Massacre of 1989, and they criticize the disorientation of US policy since the end of the Cold War. Most articles are sympathetic to recent rapid economic growth in China and point out signs of increasing political development. They recommend that the Clinton administration pursue a coherent policy toward China that will advance US interests in global security and support China's legitimate interests. Coverage of issues is more thorough than in Greater China and U.S. Foreign Policy, ed. by Thomas A. Metzger and Ramon H. Myers (1996). Both general and academic readers at all levels. G. A. McBeath University of Alaska Fairbanks
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