Accession Number:

ADA276865

Title:

U.S.-China Relations: A China Policy that Considers Beijing's Successor Leadership

Descriptive Note:

Research rept. Aug 1992-Apr 1993

Corporate Author:

INDUSTRIAL COLL OF THE ARMED FORCES WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1993-04-01

Pagination or Media Count:

38.0

Abstract:

This paper studies China and its relation to the U.S. It reviews the history of China, focusing on the tumultuous past 50 years, characterized by chaos and corruption in the name of Maos revolution. This provides an understanding of the frame of reference for Chinas octogenarian leaders strong hold on communism. This paper discusses Deng Xiaopings economic reform which has led China into the global market and notes the U.S. struggle to establish a healthy economy. A study of Chinas future leadership provides insight into the successor leadership and their propensity for political reform. The paper concludes that we must change the way we view China - we must look beyond todays aging communist leaders and encourage the successor leadership toward democracy. A pragmatic policy toward Chinas current leaders is the most appropriate. This policy recognizes the political and economic realities that face both China and the U.S.

Subject Categories:

  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE