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Engaging or Containing China?. Edition No. 1

  • ID: 1916646
  • September 2008
  • Region: China
  • 148 Pages
  • VDM Publishing House
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The re-emergence of China as a truly great power has
long been a dominating issue among scholars and
practitioners in the foreign policy discourse in the
United States. With the potential of becoming a peer
competitor to the U.S., the question is whether
China’s rise will be a source for global stability or
a springboard leading to renewed great power
conflict. The corresponding question – regardless of
the trajectory China’s rise takes – is what an
appropriate strategy should look like. In this book,
Matthis Kaiser analyses the strategies that have
driven U.S. policy towards China since the end of the
Cold War. Uncovering the theoretical concepts that
inform the contending approaches of engagement vs.
containment, he shows how these ideas have influenced
the thinking about, and policies toward China of the
U.S. presidencies of George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton,
and George W. Bush. By focussing on both the abstract
level of strategy and on practical foreign policy
implementation, Kaiser demonstrates which strategies
have proven successful and how U.S. China policy has
actually played out. The book is aimed at researchers
interested in international politics and U.S.-China

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Matthis Kaiser.
Matthis Kaiser has studied Political Science, American Studies,
and Modern History at the University of Bonn and International
Relations at the University of Birmingham (UK). He currently
works at the International Policy Analysis Unit of the

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