The Practice of Power: US Relations with China since 1949

Paperback | March 1, 1997

byRosemary Foot

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This absorbing study examines the change in American relations with China after 1949 from hostility to rapproachement, and to full normalization of the ties in 1979. Rosemary Foot goes on to examine the relationship after normalization, a period when the United States has come to view Chinaas less of a challenge but still resistant to certain of the norms of the current international order. The book begins by examining US efforts to build, and then maintain an international and domestic consensus behind its China policy. It then looks at changing US perceptions of the capabilities of the Chinese state. It shows how American positions on Chinese representation at the UN and on thetrade embargo were subtly eroded, not least by changes in US domestic public opinion. The author argues that previous explantions of American relations with China have dwelt too single-mindedly on ideas associated with the strategic triangle and that instead we need to embed our understanding of the evolution of American relations with China within a wider structure of relationshipsat the global and domestic level. Reviews: `A valuable interpretative analysis of US-People's Republic of China relationships...she substantially contributes to post-Soviet era theoretical understanding. Strongly recommended for courses in foreign policy, diplomatic history, and international relations.' Choice `contains much that is valuable to those whose interests are primarily on the other side of the Pacific...The chapter on American public opinion and Chinese policy is also something which is not readily found in existing accounts of China'a post-1949 foreign relations' Times Higher EducationSupplement `her analysis remains cautious and astute' The Economist

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In its careful reconstruction of evolving US positions on key issues in the relationship with China, this book is able to explain the change in American-Chinese relations after 1949 from hostility to rapprochement, and to the full normalization of ties in 1979. The author goes on to examine the relationship after normalization, a perio...

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This absorbing study examines the change in American relations with China after 1949 from hostility to rapproachement, and to full normalization of the ties in 1979. Rosemary Foot goes on to examine the relationship after normalization, a period when the United States has come to view Chinaas less of a challenge but still resistant to...

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In its careful reconstruction of evolving US positions on key issues in the relationship with China, this book is able to explain the change in American-Chinese relations after 1949 from hostility to rapprochement, and to the full normalization of ties in 1979. The author goes on to examine the relationship after normalization, a perio...

Rosemary Foot is at John Swire Senior Research Fellow in the International Relations of East Asia.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.43 × 5.43 × 0.71 inPublished:March 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 13:9780198292920

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In its careful reconstruction of evolving US positions on key issues in the relationship with China, this book is able to explain the change in American-Chinese relations after 1949 from hostility to rapprochement, and to the full normalization of ties in 1979. The author goes on to examine the relationship after normalization, a period when the United States has come to view China as less of a challenge, but still resistant to certain of the norms of the current international order. The book begins by examining US efforts to build, and then maintain an international and domestic consensus behind its China policy, and its notes the steady erosion of support in both policy arenas. It then looks at changing US perceptions of China's capabilities, and shows how US officials came to have a deeper appreciation of the overall restraints on Beijing's power, especially as a result of the Sino-Soviet rift and the failure of policies associated with the Great Leap Forward. Finally, it examines the effects on the relationship of China's fuller exposure after 1979 to the idea

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`A closely researched and written study which can be read by selected chapters separately or as a whole...Her forecast follows logically from her very sophisticated and finely nuanced analysis. This is a valuable addition to the small but growing number of studies that offer multifacetedunderstanding of a highly complex and cotroversial relationship'The China Quaterly