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Handbook of US–China Relations

Handbook of US–China Relations

Edited by Andrew T.H. Tan

This Handbook addresses the key questions surrounding US–China relations: what are the historical and contemporary contexts that underpin this complex relationship? How has the strategic rivalry between the two evolved? What are the key flashpoints in their relationship? What are the key security issues between the two powers? The international contributors explore the historical, political, economic, military, and international and regional spheres of the US–China relationship. The topics they discuss include human rights, Chinese public perception of the United States, US–China strategic rivalry, China’s defence build-up and cyber war.

Chapter 2: The United States in Asia

Mark Beeson

Subjects: asian studies, asian politics and policy, politics and public policy, asian politics, international politics, international relations


This chapter considers the United States’ relationship with, and impact on, East Asia. The central argument I make is that it is simply not possible to understand the development of this region and the remarkable economic and strategic changes and events that have occurred there without taking account of the role played by the United States. After sketching the United States’ historical involvement in the region I consider more recent events and assess debates about its continuing role and the possible relative decline of its influence and power. I conclude by considering how a new US strategy based on the ‘Indo-Pacific’ region is likely to influence the future role of the United States in the region, however it may be defined.

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