Competition between America and China has intensified since 2009, creating even greater risks of conflict. Why is this so and what can be done about it? In Taming Sino-American Rivalry, Feng Zhang and Richard Ned Lebow reject the prevailing idea that competition between a dominant and a rising power must necessarily lead to conflict. Rather, they identify the mistakes that both countries have made and explain the causes and consequences of their missteps. Drawing on international relations theory and lessons from history, they develop a comprehensive approach to conflict management and resolution that balances deterrence, reassurance, and diplomacy. A challenge to the prevailing pessimism, Taming Sino-American Rivalry is essential reading for anyone interested in understanding the world's most important bilateral relationship.
Chapter 1: Thinking Differently About Conflict Management Chapter 2: Imagining the Worst, Hoping for the Best Chapter 3: American Mistakes Chapter 4: Chinese Mistakes Chapter 5: Deterrence Chapter 6: Reassurance Chapter 7: Diplomacy Chapter 8: Conclusions References
Feng Zhang is Professor of International Relations at the Institute of Public Policy in Guangzhou, China. Richard Ned Lebow is Professor of International Political Theory in the War Studies Department of King's College London; Bye-Fellow of Pembroke College, University of Cambridge; and James O. Freedman Presidential Professor, Emeritus, at Dartmouth College.
Reviews for Taming Sino-American Rivalry
In engaging and compelling study of the US-China relationship that brings people and politics back into the picture. Zhang and Lebow force the reader to reexamine the evidence and question long-held assumptions, in the process delivering a fresh and novel argument about what has gone wrong in the relationship between these two great powers and what can be done to fix it. * Elizabeth C. Economy, C.V., Starr Senior Fellow and Director of Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and author of The Third Revolution: Xi Jinping and the New Chinese State (Oxford) *