Strategic Reassurance and Resolve: U.S.-China Relations in the 21st Century
by James Steinberg and Michael E. OâHanlon â82 *91 (Princeton University Press).
OâHanlon â82 *91 is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, where he specializes in national security policy, and a visiting lecturer at Princeton. Steinberg is a former deputy secretary of state.
The Book: Strategic Reassurance and Resolve
sets out to determine whether conflict with China is inevitable. As U.S.-Chinese tensions grow, many argue that the burgeoning rivalry between the two countries will result in a showdown, while others think that economic interdependence will bring about peaceful collaboration. In
Steinberg and OâHanlon chart a middle course, arguing that confrontation is possible, but avoidable. To prevent conflict, they suggest specific policies designed to help the two nations reassure one another of their cooperative intentions.
âOn March 7, 2012, in a speech to mark the 40th anniversary of President Nixonâs historic trip to China, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton observed that âthe U.S.-China project of 2012â¦is unprecedented in the history of nations.â â
âIf policy makers on either side of the Pacific are looking for a handbook â and they should be â Steinberg and OâHanlon have written one,â writes the
Financial Times.Publishers Weekly
says that the authorsâ arguments âdeserve the attention of all readers interested in the connection between U.S. and China going forward.â