This book addresses the most important question in geopolitics today - the future of relations between the U.S. and China. Concerned that the rise of China will challenge its hegemony in world affairs, the U.S. has decided to reassert its influence in Asia to counteract any challenge. Examining and challenging the dominant causal explanations for and professed intentions of this shift in U.S. policy, this book uncovers the real dynamics of contemporary Sino-American relations, surveying their complex interactions in the context of their post-war history, offering the reader an accessible and informative survey of the relations between China and the U.S. in Asia, ranging from Russia's turn to the east, the rise of Japanese nationalism, democracy in Myanmar, North Korea's nuclear programme to disputes in the South China Sea. This book is an illuminating introduction to the defining issue shaping global politics for our time.
1 Introduction: America's Pacific century?
Part I: Is US-China conflict inevitable?
2 China: a doomed and distorted growth model?
3 Can China rise peacefully?
4 America's exceptional empire
Part II: Containment without Russia?
5 Russia: facing west or east
Part III: Containment from the east
6 The rise of Japanese nationalism
7 The USS Taiwan?
8 Korea: divided nation, divided allegiances
Part IV: Containment from the southern seas
9 Asia's Mediterranean
10 Turbulent seas
11 The courting of Vietnam
12 Thailand and Myanmar: shifting loyalties
Part V: Containment from south and west
13 Winning over India
14 Tibet and the Sino-Indian borders
15 Losing Central Asia
16 Conclusion: the sword or the spirit?
'The US vs China offers vital insight into the underlying currents reshaping the world as it shifts from its transatlantic axis to Asia-centred order, making it a must-read for anyone with an interest in twenty-first-century international affairs. An esse
Jude Woodward is a writer and lecturer on China. Until 2012 she was a Visiting Professor in the Antai School of Business, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and she continues to visit and lecture in China regularly.