People's Diplomacy: How Americans and Chinese Transformed Us-China Relations During the Cold War (United States in the World) (Paperback)

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People's Diplomacy: How Americans and Chinese Transformed Us-China Relations During the Cold War (United States in the World) (Paperback)

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In People's Diplomacy, Kazushi Minami shows how the American and Chinese people rebuilt US-China relations in the 1970s, a pivotal decade bookended by Richard Nixon's 1972 visit to China and 1979 normalization of diplomatic relations. Top policymakers in Washington and Beijing drew the blueprint for the new bilateral relationship, but the work of building it was left to a host of Americans and Chinese from all walks of life, who engaged in "people-to-people" exchanges. After two decades of estrangement and hostility caused by the Cold War, these people dramatically changed the nature of US-China relations. Americans reimagined China as a country of opportunities, irresistible because of its prodigious potential, while Chinese reinterpreted the United States as an agent of modernization, capable of enriching their country and rejuvenating their lives. Drawing on extensive research at two dozen archives in the United States and China, People's Diplomacy redefines contemporary US-China relations as a creation of the American and Chinese people.

Kazushi Minami is Associate Professor at the Osaka School of International Public Policy, Osaka University.
Product Details ISBN: 9781501774157
ISBN-10: 1501774158
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication Date: March 15th, 2024
Pages: 270
Language: English
Series: United States in the World