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The Practice of Power: US Relations with China since 1949

Rosemary Foot


In its reconstruction of evolving US positions on key issues in the relationship with China, this book is able to explain the change in American–Chinese relations after 1949 from hostility to rapprochement, and to the full normalization of ties in 1979. The author then goes on to examine the relationship after normalization, a period when the United States has come to view China as less of a challenge, but still resistant to certain norms of the current international order. After an introductory chapter, the next three chapters of the book examine US efforts to build, and then maintain an inte ... More

Keywords: American—Chinese relations, China, domestic policy, Great Leap Forward, history, international policy, Sino-Soviet rift, United States

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1997 Print ISBN-13: 9780198292920
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198292929.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rosemary Foot, author
John Swire Senior Research Fellow in the International Relations of East Asia
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