Book An awkward embrace : the United States and China in the 21st century / Dan Blumenthal and Phillip Swagel.
Associated Name: Swagel, Phillip.
Publication year: c2012.
Call Number E183.8.C5 B58 2012
Media class: Book
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : AEI Press
ISBN: 9780844772356 0844772356 9780844772363 0844772364
Extent: vii, 109 p. ; 24 cm.
In "Awkward Embrace," Phillip Swagel applies his experience at the Treasury Department to show why America's economic relationship with China has been a beneficial one and details what needs to happen for this trend to continue. Daniel Blumenthal, a former official specializing in Asia at the Department of Defense, is far less optimistic when examining the military, diplomatic, and security ties the United States has or lacks with China. China's overall view of the West, and especially of America, is one of hostility and suspicion. Furthermore, China has engaged in military, diplomatic, and human rights actions that are objectionable to the United States, which seeks to encourage the establishment of responsible government worldwide. The tension here is real: how can the United States manage this relationship in a way that keeps its economic engagement with China on a steady course but likewise protects its national security interests? Blumenthal and Swagel offer three possible paths for the U.S.-China relationship. In all of them, they strive to demonstrate how internal forces are shaping China's interactions with other nations, and, furthermore, how U.S. leaders can attempt to attain a world order that includes a strong China that contributes positively, while nonetheless preparing for the worst-case-scenario of China engaging in more assertive and destabilizing behavior.
Introduction -- 1. China's rise to rivalry / Dan Blumenthal. Why China's rise matters : U.S. interests in the Asia-Pacific -- What is a rival in the twenty-first century? What is a responsible great power? -- Why China behaves as a strategic rival : the domestic sources of rival behavior -- Conclusion -- 2. The U.S.-China relationship : a security analyst's assessment / Dan Blumenthal. The military indicators of rival behavior -- The political indicators of rival behavior -- Conclusion -- 3. The U.S.-China relationship : an economist's assessment / Phillip Swagel. Broad U.S. economic interests with China -- Responsible versus irresponsible Chinese behavior -- Near-term shared interests, long-term rivalry? -- Conclusion -- 4. Potential long-term outcomes : three scenarios for China's future / Dan Blumenthal and Phillip Swagel. Scenario 1 : optimistic -- Scenario 2 : somewhat pessimistic -- Scenario 3 : very pessimistic -- Conclusion -- 5. Dealing with China in the future / Dan Blumenthal and Phillip Swagel. The task for U.S. policy.