In a collection likely to be mainly of interest to academics, there is an exceptionally good chapter by Michael Ng-Quinn on the constraints on China's capacity to pursue a truly independent posture toward the superpowers. The author also convincingly refutes those who try to characterize the international system primarily in economic rather than political-strategic terms. Another strong entry is Chi Su on Soviet perceptions of China. Su's basic point is that Soviet writing on China reflects a deep-seated and longstanding distrust of Chinese nationalism and an unwillingness on the part of the Soviets to accommodate "national communism" on a more or less equal basis.
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