Lyle J. Goldstein is an associate professor in the Strategic Research Department at the US Naval War College (NWC). He was also the founding director of the NWC's China Maritime Studies Institute. He is the coeditor of numerous volumes including China, the United States, and 21st Century Sea Power, the author of Preventive Attack and Weapons of Mass Destruction, and a regular contributor to The National Interest.
A must read for anyone concerned about the current trajectory of US-China relations. . . . it puts forward constructive policy proposals about how these major powers might move on from an 'escalation spiral' in their relationship to a 'cooperation spiral.' --Contemporary Southeast Asia Presents an exceptionally clear and subtle analysis of the evolving U.S.-Chinese relationship. . . . He spells out in more detail than anyone else has yet. . . . His proposals for the early stages are intriguing. --Foreign Affairs Ambitious . . . Any China Watcher will get something out of [the] close reading of Chinese and English policy and military documents. --Joint Forces Quarterly With an approach based not just on Western scholarship but studies of hundreds of Chinese-language resources, including military publications, Meeting China Halfway offers a powerful focus no study of Chinese/US relations should be without. --Donovan's Literary Services Essential reading for anyone interested in US foreign relations or contemporary China. --H-Net The author brings a unique combination of expertise, conviction, and experience. . . . [He] deftly covers the history and the ever-growing, complex development in the bilateral relations. Whether one agrees with the central thrust of the book or specific policy steps, one will learn much from his work. Even if policymakers do not choose to follow the cooperation spirals, they will be better off being reminded of such potentials presented by this empirically grounded and passionately imaginative book. --Proceedings Offers an interesting, though largely hypothetical, look at the steps both nations might take to build trust and work toward a cooperative, mutually beneficial relationship. Academic in tone and scope, this timely book would appeal to scholars and laymen interested in its thoughtful proposals, along with an overview of the conflicts that both nations face. --Foreword Review Lyle Goldstein has written a timely and thoughtful book. . . . [He] impresses by making 100 proposals in all. Many of these are highly pragmatic. . . . This is a brilliant book, touching on all the critical issues shaping the most important bilateral relationship of our day. It should be read by leaders and policymakers on both sides. --Survival His identification . . . and analysis of what is at stake in each policy area are worth the price of the book, as they are exceptionally well informed and sophisticated. --Political Science Quarterly Remarkable . . . creatively challenges the confrontation ethos which appears to be taking over Washington. --Doug Bandow Cato at Liberty