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Constructing the U.S. Rapproachment with China, 1961-1974

Constructing the U.S. Rapproachment with China, 1961-1974 - 09 edition

Constructing the U.S. Rapproachment with China, 1961-1974 - 09 edition

ISBN13: 9780511078941

ISBN10: 0511078943

Constructing the U.S. Rapproachment with China, 1961-1974 by Evelyn Goh - ISBN 9780511078941
Edition: 09
Copyright: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Constructing the U.S. Rapproachment with China, 1961-1974 by Evelyn Goh - ISBN 9780511078941

ISBN13: 9780511078941

ISBN10: 0511078943

Edition: 09
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Summary

With Nixon s historic reconciliation with China in 1972, Sino-American relations were restored, and China moved from being regarded as America s most implacable enemy, to a friend and tacit ally. Existing accounts of the rapprochement focus on the shifting balance of power between the US, China and the Soviet Union, but in this book, Goh argues that they cannot adequately explain the timing and policy choices related to Washington s decisions for reconciliation with Beijing. Instead, she applies a more historically sensitive approach that privileges contending official American constructions of China s identity and character. This book demonstrates that ideas of reconciliation with China were already being propagated and debated within official circles in the US during the 1960s. It traces the related policy discourse and imagery, and examines their continuities and evolution into the early 1970s that facilitated Nixon s new policy.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. "Red menace" to "revolutionary rival" : recasting the Chinese Communist threat
3. "Troubled modernizer" to "resurgent power" : revisionist images of the PRC and arguments for a new China policy
4. The revisionist legacy : the discourse of reconciliation with China by 1968
5. Nixon's China policy discourse in context
6. Debating the rapprochement : "resurgent revolutionary power" versus "threatened major power"
7. "Principled" realist power : laying the discursive foundations of a new relationship, July 1971 to February 1972
8. Principles in practice : policy implications of the U.S. decision for rapprochement
9. "Selling" the rapprochement : the Nixon administration's justification of the New China policy
10. "Tacit ally," June 1972 to 1974 : consolidating or saving the U.S.-China rapprochement
11. Conclusion