China, America, and the Shifting Balance of Prestige
by Chas W. Freeman, Jr.
Ambassador Freeman’s [Interesting Times] deserves to have an important place in defining our future strategic relationship with China.Henry Kissinger, former U.S. ambassador and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize
The decision that President Richard Nixon took in 1972 to bring to an end Washington’s 23-year-long attempt to isolate and overthrow the Peoples’ Republic of China (PRC) changed the global political balance in deep and lasting ways. When Nixon held his meetings with Chairman Mao in Beijing in February 1972, at his side was a young U.S. diplomat who was serving as his principal interpreter: Chas W. Freeman, Jr.
Freeman had started studying Mandarin (and Taiwan’s dialect, Minnan) in Taipei, Taiwan, just three years earlier; and he spent many of the earlier years of his diplomatic career as a specialist in the affairs of all of China, including Taiwan. Freeman undertook many other important missions during his distinguished, 30-year career in the U.S. Foreign Service (and later, as Assistant Secretary of Defense.) But during and after his career in government he returned again and again to matters Chinese. Interesting Times: China, America, and the Shifting Balance of Prestige is his own curation of the best of the analysis he produced on developments in China and in the U.S.-Chinese relationship, over the whole period 1969–2012.
…unique insights into the complicated yet centrally important relationship between the world’s number one and number two powers. A pleasure to read, an intellectual feast to digest.Zbigniew Brzezinski
In Interesting Times, Freeman brings a broad and uniquely well-informed historical perspective to his analysis of the issues—including Taiwan, various other strategic issues, and differences over human rights and economic and trade policies—that confronted the world’s two most powerful countries throughout this period. He warns that the historical record suggests that no one can be complacent in assuming that this crucial relationship will always be managed in a sensible manner in the future.
The web-archive of special supplemental material to the book Interesting Times can be found at http://bit.ly/interesting-times.
Map 2: Maritime Claims in the South China Sea
Introduction: China and America in “Interesting Times”
Chapter 1: What Mr. Nixon Wrought
The United States and China Forty Years On
Will China Rule the World as the United States Once Did?
Chapter 2: How Diplomatic Normalization Happened
The Process of Rapprochement: Achievements and Problems
Chapter 3: The Origins of the Taiwan Issue
Same Strait, Different Memories
Chapter 4: The Reemergence of the Taiwan Problem
The Renewed Fuss over Taiwan
Toward U.S.-China Military Confrontation, 1995–1996
The Aftermath of the 1995–1996 Taiwan Crisis
Chapter 5: War, Peace, and Taiwan
Sino-American Relations and the Taiwan Issue
The Taiwan Problem and China’s Strategy for Resolving It
Chapter 6: Where Is China Going?
China and the Century of the Pacific
Where Is China Going?
Chapter 7: Deng’s Revolution in Retrospect
From Mao to Now
What Could Go Wrong for China?
Chapter 8: U.S.-China Relations and the Emerging World Order
China’s Challenge to American Hegemony
The United States, China, and the New Global Geometry
India and America in the Strategic Times to Come
Chapter 9: China’s Global and Regional Impact
China in the Times to Come
China and the Global Resource Balance
Asia Takes Shape
East Asia’s Engagement with the Arab Countries of the Persian Gulf
India, Pakistan, and China
Chapter 10: Military Interactions
American Economic and Security Interests in China
Beijing, Washington, and the Shifting Balance of Prestige
Chapter 11: Managing Sino-American Relations
Back to Basics
The Promise of Sino-American Relations
A China Policy for the Twenty-First Century
Indo-Pacific Dynamics in Trans-Pacific Perspective
–Dr. Henry Kissinger, former U.S. ambassador, former secretary of state, and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize
–Zbigniew Brzezinski, former national security advisor
–Chan Heng Chee, former ambassador of Singapore to the United States
–David M. Lampton, professor and director of China Studies at Johns Hopkins—SAIS and former president of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations
–Nicholas Lardy, Anthony M. Solomon Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics
–Edward Luce, chief U.S. Commentator for the Financial Times
–J. Stapleton Roy, former U.S. Ambassador to China
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