In This Review

The Future of U.S.-China Relations
The Future of U.S.-China Relations
Edited by John Bryan Starr
New York University Press, 1981, 270 pp
The Implications of United States-China Military Co-operation
The Implications of United States-China Military Co-operation
By Workshop sponsored by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee
G.P.O., 1981, 169 pp
Asia and U.S. Foreign Policy
Asia and U.S. Foreign Policy
Edited by James C. Hsiung and Winberg Chai
Praeger, 1981, 263 pp
China, the Soviet Union, and the West
China, the Soviet Union, and the West
Edited by Douglas T. Stuart and William T. Tow
Westview Press, 1982, 309 pp

These four volumes address the crucial question of what U.S. policy toward China should be in the context of the growing challenge of Soviet expansionism. From a policy perspective the two most interesting essays in these collections are Robert Scalapino's plea, in the Starr volume, for the United States to maintain an "equilibrium" between the Soviet Union and China, and Banning Garrett's argument, in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee workshop, that the United States should aim at consolidating a strategy of two-front deterrence of the Soviet Union. Both are thoughtful and well-argued expositions of conflicting views on a subject vital for the future. (The Senate workshop report also contains a lively discussion of the question of U.S. arms sales to China.) Less satisfactory are the volumes edited by Hsiung and Chai and by Stuart and Tow. Stuart and Tow have included 21 short papers in some 300 pages; the results are thin despite the high caliber of some of the contributors.