The China Factor: Sino-American Relations and the Global Scene

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The China Factor: Sino-American Relations and the Global Scene

Edited by Richard H. Solomon
Prentice-Hall (for the American Assembly and the Council on Foreign Relatio, 1981
323 pp. $13.95

This is an exceptionally solid collection of essays which analyze the ways in which China's re-emergence on the world scene has affected international affairs. Several authors offer some sound advice on U.S.-PRC relations. As Strobe Talbott puts it: these relations should be gradually extricated from U.S. calculations about the Soviet Union and given a value of their own. The emphasis of such an American policy should be on building human contacts, on opening the doors of U.S. universities to help train Chinese intellectual talent, and on expanding trade. Michel Oksenberg points out that the U.S.-China relationship needs to be institutionalized so that it will survive the almost inevitable leadership struggles and political changes ahead.

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