In Engaging China, Gurtov identifies and details the many facets of China that worry critics. But he also argues for a strategy of coexistence that allows for economic and technological competition while managing frictions over issues so diverse as human rights and access to the South China Sea. This book is wide-ranging but compact; realistic but value-oriented; clearly argued but backed by extensive references to documents and scholarly literature--including writings by leading Chinese scholars who also seek a viable modus vivendi between the two great powers.
Mel Gurtov is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Portland State University. He previously was on the staff of the RAND Corporation, where he was an author of the Pentagon Papers, and then began his teaching career at the University of California, Riverside. He has written 30 books on China, US foreign policy, and international affairs, most recently America in Retreat: Foreign Policy under Donald Trump and Engaging Adversaries: Peacemaking and Diplomacy in the Human Interest, both published by Rowman & Littlefield. Dr. Gurtov is a former Senior Fulbright Scholar and is Senior Editor of Asian Perspective, which he served as Editor-in-Chief for over 20 years.
He blogs at https://melgurtov.com, has a podcast, and broadcasts weekly foreign affairs commentary on radio stations in Portland and Florence, Oregon.
Chapter 1: What Engagement Means and Why It Matters
Chapter 2: Understanding and Misunderstanding China
Chapter 3: China’s World
Chapter 4: China on the March, Forward and Backward
Chapter 5: Managing Conflict in US-China Relations
Chapter 6: Biden’s China Policy
Chapter 7: Four Cases of US-China Competition
Chapter 8: Engaging China
Mel Gurtov has analyzed and advised on US foreign policy toward China since the Vietnam War era and can attest to the strategic importance of engaging with adversaries and rivals. This fast-paced volume starts with a compelling argument for having a strategy of engagement in America’s foreign policy toolkit. It offers an up-to-date survey of the tense US-China relations during the Trump and Biden administrations and assesses the need for having engagement on the menu in managing these relations going forward. Strongly recommended.
A lucid, balanced, and up-to-dated analysis of current U.S.-China relations. Gurtov offers insightful and persuasive strategies for engaging China, while avoiding confrontation and conflicts. The must read for China specialists, policy-makers, and laymen interested in US-China relations.
Mel Gurtov makes a measured and powerful case that despite growing mutual mistrust and intensifying bilateral frictions, reengagement between the United States and China is not just urgently necessary, it is possible.
10/13/22, Choice Reviews: This book was featured in a roundup of forthcoming political science & economics titles.