US-China Relations in the 21st Century: Power Transition and Peace

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Taylor & Francis, Feb 17, 2006 - Political Science - 228 pages
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US-China Relations in the 21st Century addresses the bilateral relations of these two nations on an international, domestic, societal and individual level between 1990 and 2005. Peaceful power shifts remain a central dilemma in world politics, since historically power transition from a dominant nation to a challenger has been associated with international wars. This book examines whether China and the US can learn from history and manage a potential power transition peacefully.

Zhiqun Zhu selects two important cases of power transitions in history as the background for this study:

  • power rivalry between Great Britain and Germany that led to the First World War
  • the peaceful power transition from Great Britain to the United States.

US-China Relations in the 21st Century contributes to the current International Relations theory by proposing a new analytical model on global power transition and providing recommendations for peacefully handling a potential power transition from the US to China in the future. This original and comprehensive study is essential reading for scholars of US and Chinese foreign policy, world politics and international relations.

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i don't think world is peace if china gain power. If china doesn't accept democracy and equality to all the nationalities such as tibetans, east turkstans and mongolians, then china's power is alway fragile and they simply fear of truth, justice and human right. What kind of power china want is the matter of china in 1st century. Chinese think that they can crash on those Tibetans, turkstans and mongolinas continuesly but they don't fear of china, even very yaung students are fight for freedom and not fear of chinese. Future is not for chinese who love to just eat every moving lives, use force and stubborn but the world is belong to the people who love democracy, justice, truth, human right, and rule of law.  

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About the author (2006)

Zhiqun Zhu, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of International Political Economy and Diplomacy at the University of Bridgeport, USA.

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