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On China, Henry Kissinger

On China
On China
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Henry Kissinger
For more than twenty years after the Communist Revolution in 1949, China and most of the western world had no diplomats in each others' capitals and no direct way to communicate. Then, In July 1971, Henry Kissinger arrived secretly in Beijing on a mission which quickly led To The reopening of relations between China And The West and changed the course of post-war history. For the past forty years, Kissinger has maintained close relations with successive generations of Chinese leaders, and has probably been more intimately connected with China at the highest level than any other western figure. This book distils his unique experience and long study of the 'Middle Kingdom', examining China's history from the classical era To The present day, and explaining why it has taken the extraordinary course that it has. The book concentrates on the decades since 1949, presenting brilliantly drawn portraits of Mao Zedong, Zhou Enlai, Deng Xiaoping and other Chinese leaders, and reproducing verbatim Kissinger's conversations with each of them. But Kissinger's eye rarely leaves the long continuum of Chinese history: he describes the essence of China's approach to diplomacy, strategy and negotiation, And The remarkable ways in which Communist-era statesmen have drawn on methods honed over millennia. At the end of the book, Kissinger reflects on these attitudes for our own era of economic interdependence and an uncertain future. On China is written with great authority, complete accessibility and with many wider reflections on statecraft and diplomacy distilled from years of experience. At a moment when the rest of the world is thinking about China more than ever before, this timely book offers insights that no other can
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non fiction
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On China, Henry Kissinger
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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  • Singularity of China -- Kowtow question and the opium war -- From Preeminence to decline -- Mao's continuous revolution -- Triangular diplomacy and the Korean War-- China confronts both superpowers -- A decade of crises -- Road to reconciliation -- Resumption of relations: first encounters with Mao and Zhou -- Quasi-Alliance: conversations with Mao -- End of the Mao era -- Indestructible Deng -- Touching the tiger's buttocks: the third Vietnam War-- Reagan and the advent of normalcy -- Tiananmen -- What kind of reform? Deng's southern tour -- A roller coaster ride toward another reconciliation: the Jiang Zemin era -- New millennium -- Does history repeat itself? The Crowe memorandum
  • The singularity of China. The era of Chinese preeminence -- Confucianism -- 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 the challenge of foreign encroachments -- Managing decline -- The challenge of Japan -- Korea -- 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 on the outbreak of war -- American intervention: resisting aggression -- Chinese reactions: another approach to deterrence -- Sino-American 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 Communiqué -- 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 Gueofeng -- Deng's ascendance: reform 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 Communiqué -- China and the superpowers: the new equilibrium -- Deng's reform program -- Tiananmen. 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. Difference in perspective -- How to define strategic opportunity -- The national destiny debate: the triumphalist view -- Dai Binnguo: a reaffirmation of peaceful rise -- Does history repeat itself? The Crowe memorandum -- Toward a Pacific community?
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24 cm.
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xviii, 586 pages, [8] leaves of plates
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illustrations, map, portraits
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  • (Sirsi) NE153122
  • (OCoLC)645705454
  • (OCoLC)726593954
  • (Nz)13413706

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