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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 5: US perspectives on China: trends and attitudes in US public opinion, media, scholarship and leadership statements

Jeffrey Reeves

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


This chapter reviews relevant public opinion polls and surveys, conducts a review of media reporting on China within the United States’ most influential media sources, examines academic writing from the United States’ most prominent Sinologists, and researches key speeches on China by top US leadership to determine dominant US perspectives toward China. Through these sources, which collectively constitute the dominant narrative within the United States on China, the chapter determines major trends in US perspectives toward China on politics, economics and military issues. The chapter limits its query to 2014–15 to ensure a manageable timeframe for analysis. This sample of time is relevant as contemporary perceptions have the greatest potential to influence current US–China relations.

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