U.S.-Chinese Relations: Perilous Past, Pragmatic Present

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This comprehensive and lucid assessment of the historical and contemporary determinants of Sino-American relations explains the conflicted engagement between the two governments. Offering a welcome richness of discussion and analysis, distinguished analyst Robert G. Sutter explores the twists and turns of the relationship over the past two hundred years. The mixed historical record convincingly shows that strong differences and mutual suspicions persist, only partly overridden by a mutual pragmatism that shifts with circumstances. Sutter judiciously considers the evolution and status of current areas of convergence and divergence in the relationship. He identifies key domestic and international factors that have led to the current positive but fragile equilibrium and what is at stake for the respective interests of the United State and China and for international stability. As the only book on the subject that combines a unified assessment of the historical evolution, contemporary status, and likely prospects of U.S.-Chinese relations, this balanced and pragmatic study will be an essential resource for all concerned with the globe's most crucial bilateral partnership.

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Robert G. Sutter is visiting professor of Asian studies in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.


Over the years, Robert Sutter has been among the most knowledgeable of all American specialists on China. In his ambitious new book, Sutter describes the twists and turns of Sino-American relations over the past two centuries. Sutter shows how American and Chinese policymakers have a strong interest in avoiding public discussion of the conflicts between the two countries and the negative aspects of their relationship; he then proceeds to show, skillfully, just what those conflicts have been and will be. This is a sober account, a perceptive look at where the United States and China have been and where they are headed. (James Mann)

One of Robert G. Sutter's major contributions in U.S.-Chinese Relations: Perilous Past, Pragmatic Present, is to underline clearly how broad is the uncertainty even among China specialists for what many believe is the 21st Century's most important bilateral relationship. . . . Sutter provides an extensive historical assessment of U.S.-Chinese relations that helps put present day issues in perspective, and provides a basis for predictive analysis about the future. And while Sutter recognizes that pragmatism has often rescued the relationship from seemingly intractable problems, he also acknowledges that pragmatism may have its limits when truly vital interests are at stake. (John Bolton Hong Kong Economic Journal)

Robert Sutter has again delivered an insightful analysis of the recent past and possible future of this pivotal bilateral relationship. Sutter examines the areas of shared interest between these two great powers and the sources and consequences of possible conflict. He provides a vital road map to understanding the knowns and even larger number of unknowns as China asserts its regional dominance and global influence. (Michael Schaller)

There is a wealth of historical information and a few take home messages in Robert G. Sutter's recent book. (The Epoch Times)

Sutter (visiting professor, Georgetown Univ.) provides a well-documented and concise analysis of the evolution of US-China relations from the pre-WW II period to the 21st century. In chapters that deal with specific areas of concern in US-China relations, Sutter provides well-reasoned analyses of the mix of domestic and international factors influencing the evolution of both US and Chinese policy. Sutter also provides a nuanced presentation of the extent to which both states have come to recognize the benefits of a more stable relationship even in the light of more immediate crises that threaten to disrupt that relationship. Although Sutter has a definite point of view with respect to most of the areas of mutual concern salient to US-China relations, such as general security, Taiwan, environmental issues, and issues of human rights, he provides an evenhanded analysis of each of these issues. His conclusions regarding prospects for the future of Sino-American relations are cautiously optimistic based upon his assessment of the extent to which pragmatic considerations will continue to constrain the policy actions of both states. Summing Up: Recommended. (Choice)

One of the strengths of the book is Sutter's ability to articulate the shifts in the U.S.-China policy from one administration to another throughout the post-war period. (Contemporary Southeast Asia)

Sutter provides a sobering, insightful account of . . . what has become the single most important bilateral relationship in world politics today. . . . The timely nature of this material, the clear, detailed and accurate coverage of key issues, and insightful discussion of crucial historical events combine to produce a book that is likely to be profitably used in advanced undergraduate courses on US-China relations. (The China Journal)

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Sutter, Robert G.
Published by Rowman & Littlefield Publisher (2010)
ISBN 10: 0742568415 ISBN 13: 9780742568419
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