Book China looks at the West : identity, global ambitions, and the future of Sino-American relations / Christopher A. Ford.
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Call Number E183.8.C5 F67 2015
Media class: Book
Publisher: Lexington, Kentucky : University Press of Kentucky
ISBN: 9780813165400- 0813165407-
Series title: Asia in the new millennium
Extent: 638 pages ; 25 cm.
"Chinese leaders have long been fascinated by the United States, but have often chosen to demonize America for perceived cultural and military imperialism. Especially under Communist rule, Chinese leaders have crafted and re-crafted portrayals of the United States according to the needs of their own agenda and the regime's self-image -- often seeing America as an antagonist and foil, but sometimes playing it up as a model. In China Looks at the West, Christopher A. Ford investigates what these depictions reveal about internal Chinese politics and Beijing's ambitions in the world today. In particular, Ford emphasizes the importance of China's 'return' to global preeminence in state images, which has become an essential concept in the regime's self-image and legitimacy. He also examines the history of Chinese intellectual engagement with America, surveying the ways in which Chinese elites have manipulated attitudes toward the United States, and revealing how leaders from Qing dynasty officials to Mao Zedong and from to Hu Jintao to Xi Jinping have altered and reconstructed this narrative to support their own political agendas. Ford concludes the volume with a series of scenario-based alternatives for how China's approaches to understanding itself and other nations may evolve in the future"--Publisher's web site.
1. Challenges of Sinological epistemology. Information and the state -- China watches America -- Challenges of a bounded information space -- 2. Images of America and the telos of China's return. Virtue and identity -- Postimperial China in an American world -- 3. America in Chinese politics in Deng's era of reform. Change and continuity during reform and opening -- Warring Americas in the Chinese mind -- 4. Repression, nationalism, Chineseness, and the roaring nineties. Tiananmen tensions -- Power and nationalism -- Muscularity and opportunity -- 5. Chinese discourse in the new century. Contesting frameworks -- A defensive counternarrative -- An offensive counternarrative -- 6. China and America in a new world : the inflection point of 2008-2009. Heady days -- Interpreting politics -- Looking to the future -- Debating Taoist nationalism -- 7. China, America, and the future. Self-image and return -- China in a new world -- Some policy implications.