Meeting China Halfway: How to Defuse the Emerging US-China Rivalry
While the prospect of a growing US-China security rivalry worries scholars and policymakers, Lyle Goldstein argues that both countries have failed to pursue bold and creative approaches that could not only reduce the potential for such rivalry but enable a more cooperative bilateral, regional and global future.
Based on his research on a wealth of Chinese sources on the history of China-US relations in the past, Goldstein proposes 10 “cooperation spirals” that could enable enduring accommodation between the two large powers.
In every chapter on US-China relations on key issues regarding Taiwan, Japan and the Korean Peninsula to Southeast Asia and India, he lays out the US and Chinese perceptions of where their interests clash and then proposes bold new paths to ease bilateral tensions through compromise.
“This valuable book will frame the China policy debate for years to come,” wrote Susan Shirk, a China hand and former US deputy assistant secretary of state and now a professor at UC-San Diego.
“If one foresees the future of this key bilateral relationship to be a protracted negotiation, Goldstein’s proposal of spirals of cooperation lays out a plausible way to take constructive steps. His ideas merit serious thought and discussion,” wrote Joseph Prueher, US ambassador to China from 1999 to 2001 and commander of the US Pacific Command from 1996 to 1999.