On China

ISBN-10: 1594202710

ISBN-13: 9781594202711

Edition: 2011

Authors: Henry Kissinger

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The eminent historian and strategist reflects on how China's past illuminates its twenty-first-century trajectory, drawing on forty years of intimate acquaintance with the country and its leaders. In Untitled on China, Henry Kissinger turns for the first time at book length to the country he has known intimately for decades and whose modern relations with the West he helped shape. Drawing on historical records as well as on his conversations with Chinese leaders over the past forty years, Kissinger examines how China has approached diplomacy, strategy, and negotiation throughout its history and reflects on the consequences for the twenty-first-century world. As Kissinger underscores, the unique conditions under which China developed continue to shape its policies and attitudes toward the outside world. For centuries, China rarely encountered other societies of comparable size and sophistication. China was the "Middle Kingdom," treating the peoples on its periphery as vassal states. At the same time, Chinese statesmen-facing threats of invasion from without and the contests of competing factions within-developed a canon of strategic thought that prized the virtues of subtlety, patience, and indirection over feats of martial prowess. Untitled on Chinaexamines key episodes in Chinese foreign policy, from the earliest days through the twentieth century, with a particular emphasis on the modern era. Kissinger illuminates the inner workings of Chinese diplomacy during such events as the initial encounters between China and modern European powers, the formation and breakdown of the Sino-Soviet alliance, the Korean War, the opening of relations with the United States, the Tiananmen Square crackdown, and China's accession to the World Trade Organization. The book traces the evolution of Sino-American relations in the past sixty years, following their course from estrangement to strategic partnership and toward an uncertain future. Kissinger analyzes the two towering figures of the People's Republic of China, Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping, and their divergent visions of China's modern destiny. With a final chapter on China's twenty-first-century world role, Untitled on Chinaprovides a sweeping historical perspective on Chinese foreign policy from one of the premier statesmen of the twentieth century.
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List price: $36.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 5/17/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 608
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 2.00" tall
Weight: 2.134
Language: English

Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger is the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Medal of Liberty. He is the bestselling author of numerous books, including Years of Renewal and Diplomacy. Dr. Kissinger is currently the chair of Kissinger Associates, Inc., an international consulting firm. Born in Germany and a U.S. citizen since 1943, he lives in New York.

Note on Chinese Sellings
The Singularity of China
The Era of Chinese Preeminence
Concepts of International Relations: Impartiality or Equality?
Chinese Realpolitik and Sun Tzu's Art of War
The Kowtow Question and the Opium War
The Macartney Mission
The Clash of Two World Orders: The Opium War
Qiying's Diplomacy: Soothing the Barbarians
From Preeminence to Decline
Wei Yuan's Blueprint: "Using Barbarians Against Barbarians," Learning Their Techniques
The Erosion of Authority: Domestic Upheavals and then Challenge of Foreign Encroachments
Managing Decline
The Challenge of Japan
The Boxer Uprising and the New Era of Warring States
Mao's Continuous Revolution
Mao and the Great Harmony
Mao and International Relations: The Empty City Stratagem, Chinese Deterrence, and the Quest for Psychological Advantage
The Continuous Revolution and the Chinese People
Triangular Diplomacy and the Korean War
Acheson and the Lure of Chinese Titoism
Kim Il-sung and the Outbreak of War
American Intervention: Resisting Aggression
Chinese Reactions: Another Approach to Deterrence
SinoAmerican Confrontation
China Confronts Both Superpowers
The First'Taiwan Strait Crisis
Diplomatic Interlude with the United States
Mao, Khrushchev, and the Sino-Soviet Split
The Second Taiwan Strait Crisis
A Decade of Crises
The Great Leap Forward
The Himalayan Border Dispute and the 1962 Sino-Indian War
The Cultural Revolution
Was There a Lost Opportunity?
The Road to Reconciliation
The Chinese Strategy
The American Strategy
First Steps-Clashes at the Ussuri River
Resumption of Relations: First Encounters with Mao and Zhou
Zhou Enlai
Nixon in China: The Meeting with Mao
The Nixon-Zhou Dialogue
The Shanghai Communique
The Aftermath
The Quasi-Alliance: Conversations with Mao
The "Horizontal Line": Chinese Approaches to Containment
The Impact of Watergate
The End of the Mao Era
The Succession Crisis
The Fall of Zhou Enlai
Final Meetings with Mao: The Swallows and the Coming of the Storm
The Indestructible Deng
Deng's First Return to Power
The Death of Leaders-Hua Guofeng
Deng's Ascendance-"Reforrn and Opening Up"
"Touching the Tiger's Buttocks": The Third Vietnam War
Vietnam: Confounder of Great Powers
Deng's Foreign Policy Dialogue with America and Normalization
Deng's Journeys
Deng's Visit to America and the New Definition of Alliance
The Third Vietnam War
Reagan and the Advent of Normalcy
Taiwan Arms Sales and the Third Communiqu�
China and the Superpowers-The New Equilibrium
Deng's Reform Program
American Dilemmas
The Fang Lizhi Controversy
The 12- and 24-Character Statements
What Kind of Reform? Deng's Southern Tour
A Roller Coaster Ride Toward Another Reconciliation: The Jiang Zemin Era
China and the Disintegrating Soviet Union
The Clinton Administration and China Policy
The Third Taiwan Strait Crisis
China's Resurgence and Jiang's Reflections
The New Millennium
Differences in Perspective
How to Define Strategic Opportunity
The National Destiny Debate-The Triumphalist View
Dai Bingguo-A Reaffirmation of Peaceful Rise
Epilogue: Does History Repeat Itself?
The Crowe Memorandum
Toward a Pacific Community?
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