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Inside China’s Grand StrategyThe Perspective from the People's Republic$
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Ye Zicheng and Guoli Liu

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813126456

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813126456.001.0001

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Relations with the United States

Relations with the United States

China’s Strategic Choices

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Inside China’s Grand Strategy

Ye Zicheng

Guoli Liu

Steven I. Levine

University Press of Kentucky

After the Cold War, the United States became the world's sole superpower. The Sino-U.S. relationship became the most important one in China's foreign relations and, arguably, the most important bilateral relationship in the world. Owing to contradictions in U.S. policies toward China and the public acknowledgment of a desire to transform China's social system by a combination of containment and engagement, it is difficult for the Chinese to come to terms with U.S. policies. As the only superpower, the United States bullies the weak but fears the strong. In fact, some scholars actually believe that the fundamental U.S. security objective in Asia is to prevent China from becoming strong. This chapter suggests that the best option for both sides is an alliance between China and the United States. For China, such an alliance would support global peace and stability and provide some restriction on U.S. unilateralism.

Keywords:   Sino-U.S. relations, superpower, U.S. hegemony, Asia, military strength, global peace

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