On China

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Penguin, May 17, 2011 - History - 624 pages
"Fascinating, shrewd . . . The book deftly traces the rhythms and patterns of Chinese history." —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

In this sweeping and insightful history, Henry Kissinger turns for the first time at book length to a country he has known intimately for decades and whose modern relations with the West he helped shape. On China illuminates the inner workings of Chinese diplomacy during such pivotal events as the initial encounters between China and tight line modern European powers, the formation and breakdown of the Sino-Soviet alliance, the Korean War, and Richard Nixon’s historic trip to Beijing. With a new final chapter on the emerging superpower’s twenty-first-century role in global politics and economics, On China provides historical perspective on Chinese foreign affairs from one of the premier statesmen of our time.

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User Review  - HadriantheBlind - LibraryThing

Henry Kissinger's reputation remains controversial at best today, but many consider one of his most profound achievements in foreign policy to be the opening of China in the 1970s. Few, past or ... Read full review

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User Review  - RobertP - LibraryThing

Excellent book by a master. This is an outsiders view of recent Chinese history and politics, and very valuable. It is not a history of China, it is a history of US perceptions of China, and I think very perceptive and well done. Read full review


The Era of Chinese Preeminence
Impartiality or Equality?
Chinese Realpolitik and Sun Tzus Art of War
The Macartney Mission
The Opium War
Soothing the Barbarians
Using Barbarians Against Barbarians Learning Their Techniques
The Death of LeadersHua Guofeng
Dengs AscendanceReform and Opening Up
Confounder of Great Powers
Dengs Foreign PolicyDialogue with America and Normalization
Dengs Journeys
Dengs Visit to America and the New Definition of Alliance
The Third Vietnam War
Taiwan Arms Sales and the Third Communiqué

Domestic Upheavals and the Challenge of Foreign Encroachments
Managing Decline
The Challenge of Japan
The Boxer Uprising and the New Era of Warring States
Mao and the Great Harmony
The Empty City Stratagem Chinese Deterrence and the Quest for Psychological Advantage
The Continuous Revolution and the Chinese People
Acheson and the Lure of Chinese Titoism
Kim Ilsung and the Outbreak of War
Resisting Aggression
Another Approach to Deterrence
SinoAmerican Confrontation
The First Taiwan Strait Crisis
Diplomatic Interlude with the United States
Mao Khrushchev and the SinoSoviet Split
The Second Taiwan Strait Crisis
The Great Leap Forward
The Himalayan Border Dispute and the 1962 SinoIndian War
The Cultural Revolution
Was There a Lost Opportunity?
The Chinese Strategy
The American Strategy
First StepsClashes at the Ussuri River
Zhou Enlai
The Meeting with Mao
The NixonZhou Dialogue
The Shanghai Communiqué
The Aftermath
Chinese Approaches to Containment
The Impact of Watergate
The Succession Crisis
The Fall of Zhou Enlai
The Swallows and the Coming of the Storm
Dengs First Return to Power
China and the SuperpowersThe New Equilibrium
Dengs Reform Program
American Dilemmas
The Fang Lizhi Controversy
The 12 and 24Character Statements
China and the Disintegrating Soviet Union
The Clinton Administration and China Policy
The Third Taiwan Strait Crisis
Chinas Resurgence and Jiangs Reflections
Differences in Perspective
How to Define Strategic Opportunity
The National Destiny DebateThe Triumphalist View
Dai BingguoA Reaffirmation of Peaceful Rise
Toward a Pacific Community?
The Kowtow Question and the Opium War
From Preeminence to Decline
Maos Continuous Revolution
Triangular Diplomacy and the Korean War
China Confronts Both Superpowers
A Decade of Crises
The Road to Reconciliation
Resumption of Relations First Encounters with Mao and Zhou
The QuasiAlliance Conversations with Mao
The End of the Mao Era
The Indestructible Deng
Touching the Tigers Buttocks The Third Vietnam War
Reagan and the Advent of Normalcy
What Kind of Reform? Dengs Southern Tour
A Roller Coaster Ride Toward Another Reconciliation The Jiang Zemin Era
The New Millennium
Does History Repeat Itself? The Crowe Memorandum

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HENRY KISSINGER served as National Security Advisor and then Secretary of State under Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford and has advised many other American presidents on foreign policy. He received the 1973 Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Medal of Liberty, among other awards. He is the author of numerous books on foreign policy and diplomacy and is currently the chairman of Kissinger Associates, Inc., an international consulting firm.

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