The US vs China

Asia's new Cold War?

By Jude Woodward

The US vs China
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  • Format: eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-1656-7
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £27.00 (incl. VAT)
  • Published Date: August 2017
  • BIC Category: International Relations, POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Diplomacy, China, Pacific Ocean, United States of America, USA, Society & social sciences / Diplomacy, Society & social sciences / International relations, HISTORY / United States / General, HISTORY / Asia / China, International relations


This book addresses the most important question in geopolitics today - the future of relations between the US and China. Concerned that the rise of China will challenge the its hegemony in world affairs, the US has decided to reassert its influence in Asia to counteract any challenge. Examining and challenging the dominant causal explanations for and professed intentions of this shift in US policy, this book uncovers the real dynamics of contemporary Sino-American relations, surveying their complex interactions in the context of their post-war history, offering the reader an accessible and informative survey of the relations between China and the US in Asia, ranging from Russia's turn to the east, the rise of Japanese nationalism, democracy in Myanmar, North Korea's nuclear programme to disputes in the South China Sea. This book is an illuminating introduction to the defining issue shaping global politics for our time.


'The US vs China offers vital insight into the underlying currents reshaping the world as it shifts from its transatlantic axis to Asia-centred order, making it a must-read for anyone with an interest in twenty-first-century international affairs. An essential counter to arguments about the "China threat" and the "inevitability of US-China conflict", the work should find a place on any balanced academic reading list, both undergraduate and graduate.'
Jenny Clegg, China and Asia Pacific specialist, author of China's Global Strategy: towards a multipolar world, Pluto Press

'China has burst onto the global political scene, tearing up the established contours of post-1945 international relations. This is a change that affects us all in the most profound ways and is shaping the twenty first century, throwing up fundamental questions: Can US hegemony prevail? Will China be the next global superpower? Does China's rise present a threat to world peace? In this accessible yet rigorous book, Jude Woodward challenges conventional preconceptions about the implications of China's rise and suggests that with the US on the decline, China offers hope for the future.'
Kate Hudson, General Secretary of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND)

'This book provides a timely, thorough and accessible path to understanding the US-China confrontation, which is surely the most significant dynamic in global politics today. In just 260 pages, the author provides a surprisingly detailed account of China's rise, the different threads of US opposition to that rise, and the multitude of devices being employed by the US in its bid to see off the Asian challenge and secure a "new American century."'
The People's Daily Morning Star


Jude Woodward is a writer and lecturer on China. Until 2012 she was a Visiting Professor in the Antai School of Business, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and she continues to visit and lecture in China regularly.


1 Introduction: America's Pacific century?

Part I: Is US-China conflict inevitable?
2 China: a doomed and distorted growth model?
3 Can China rise peacefully?
4 America's exceptional empire

Part II: Containment without Russia?
5 Russia: facing west or east

Part III: Containment from the east
6 The rise of Japanese nationalism
7 The USS Taiwan?
8 Korea: divided nation, divided allegiances

Part IV: Containment from the southern seas
9 Asia's Mediterranean
10 Turbulent seas
11 The courting of Vietnam
12 Thailand and Myanmar: shifting loyalties

Part V: Containment from south and west
13 Winning over India
14 Tibet and the Sino-Indian borders
15 Losing Central Asia

16 Conclusion: the sword or the spirit?

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