This volume examines the unfolding relationships among the five great powers in Asia—the United States, China, India, Japan and Russia. It explores recent bilateral relations between these states. While the central theme is how China, the rising power, and the US, the sole superpower, will deal with each other, their policies and interactions will need to factor in the other three powers who will play significant roles in defining peace and stability in Asia.
Chapter 4: Chinese Perceptions of the US: Tactical Friendship and Strategic Suspicions
Chinese Perceptions of the US: Tactical Friendship and Strategic Suspicions
Sino-US relations are going to be the key factor shaping the 21st century international relations. Ever since the Cold War ended, the US has come to stay as the sole global political, economic and military superpower. It has developed strategic interests throughout the world in terms of politics, economy and security, and feels compelled to protect the same in the changing circumstances now, especially those arising from new requirements like the need to counter global terrorism and protect energy security. The US power is however not unchallenged; other power centres like the EU, Japan, ASEAN, India and China are gradually evolving in varying degrees, making a ...