Managing US Relations with China: Towards a New Strategic Bargain
NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC INST FOR NATIONAL STRATEGIC STUDIES
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United States relations with the Peoples Republic of China are fragile. Problems in one area, most dramatically Taiwan, affect our ability to manage other issues, such as proliferation. Negativism is greater than ever before. Despite continuing efforts to set the record straight, Beijing believes the United States regards China as its future enemy. In Beijings view, the new goal of the United States is to contain China. This is not a ploy. Although the leadership is clearly attempting to extract concessions, their statements fully reflect Chinese perceptions at all levels. In early 1992, the idea that the United States viewed China as a future, hostile peer competitor resided mainly within the Chinese Peoples Liberation Army PLA. Now, the PLA appears to have carried the day. Where the United States sees Comprehensive Engagement, the Chinese see Containment.
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