By Michael D. Swaine
Published by Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
"Indeed, this volume is unique in several respects, First and foremost, it is not a history or assessment of China’s rise of United States-China relations per se. It focuses primarily on American Strategy and policies, drawing on an exhaustive set of primary and secondary sources and detailed interviews with over fifty U.S. Policy practitioners, conducted by the author in 2008 – 2010. Such research provides the basis for a truly compressive examination of the beliefs, actions, and processes influencing U.s., Policy toward China, and of the key trends shaping the future.
Second, this study attempts to capture what is new and different about the context within which U.S. Policymakers must operate in the twenty-first century. It argues that there new sets of variables – china’s growing power and global presence, the forces of economic and social globalization, and an array of nontraditional security threats – are fundamentally reshaping the strategic assumptions, policy priorities, and internal decision-making structures that have governed Washington’s policy toward Beijing."
(Excerpt from Forward by Jessica T. Mathews, President, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace)